Help! First time hatching

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by ackanne11, Nov 28, 2015.

  1. ackanne11

    ackanne11 New Egg

    Nov 5, 2015
    My first chick hatched about 2 hours ago. I have never hatched before. There is yellow mucus like stuff that is attached to the chicks behind. Is this normal? What do I do? I have attached a picture, but it's not the best [​IMG]
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    It could just be hatch debris, they can sometimes hatch with this on them or its left in the shell.
    It could also be yolk that has not fully absorbed prior to hatch. I can't get a good look in your pic but if it were my chick I would leave it in the incubator untill it's dry and fluffy then have a good look at it.

    If you could post some pics when it's dry that would be great.

    Good luck with your chick, do you have others due to hatch?
  3. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2015

    I wish the picture was better, but I know the difficulties in getting a good photo. It sounds like the yolk sack has not been absorbed completely. Not much can be done. Once the hatch is complete and this chick still has an unabsorbed yolk sack keep the chick in a clean environment. Hopefully the sack will absorb and all will be well. This chick may not survive. Keep your incubator closed until the hatch is complete. Good luck.

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