HELP Needed- Hatching, Membrane Is Dry & Sticking To Chicks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ranchhand, May 3, 2009.

  1. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Today is Day 21-

    Hatching 7 Delaware Blue Hens, small, creamy to white eggs (grocery store comparable medium eggs in size)

    Temp steady at 99.7- 100.3

    Humidity has been about 40-50% for first 18 days, is now at 65%

    3 pipped yesterday at 2 p.m. EDT, 1 pipped today at 8 a.m. EDT

    2 of the early pippers from yesterday have zipped, struggled out partway- the membrane is dry, leathery in appearance, opaque white- they are each stuck to bottom parts of shells by their feathers, because of the membrane.

    1 of the early pippers from yesterday made a tiny hole, and no further activity for last 24 hours.

    Today's pipper is trying, but some watered down looking blood showing in 1/4" pip opening. Membrane showing looks dry and opaque, too.



    Should I do a quick grab on the 2 dragging their shells, moisten membrane and get the shell off? There is no yolk showing, and they are starting to dry. Just feathers stuck to the bottom half of the shell. Very active and cheeping, but not distressed calling.

    Thanks, appreciate the help.
     
  2. mwdh1

    mwdh1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe mist them with some warm water [​IMG]
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    I have read the threads dealing with helping them out of the shell, gently using a warm, damp paper towel- I am going to give them some time to get warm, and try that- I THINK! Yikes, I don't stress easily, but these DBH are hard work!
     
  4. kelseygirl707

    kelseygirl707 Dances with Chickens

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    I had one that was being shrink wrapped in the membrane that I had to help out. I Placed a warm damp paper towl in a bowl, and the egg on top of that, I also had another paper towl that I would dip into warm water and sqeeze on the parts of the egg that were very stuck. I then used Tweezers to slowly peel off the membrane.

    Good Luck
     
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Thanks, I may try that in a couple hours. Today being Day 21, I won't mess with the rest. Only the two from yesterday.
     
  6. Highlander

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    Poor things. Good luck. [​IMG]
     

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