Help, newly hatched with covered vent?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jenni2142, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. jenni2142

    jenni2142 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday was day 18 and so I upped the humidity in the bator and this morn at 6 first pip. That first egg hatched at 5 today, the chick is now dry and in the brooder with 1 sibling so far and one more that has it's beak out but doesn't seem to want to come out.. Whatever slimey stuff that was in the shell is now dried over it's vent area. will this go away or do I need to try to remove it? it is dried solid and looked not like yolk but like the white part. On the sibling it is dried across it's back, do I leave that? They are fluffing up except where this stuff has dried on them. Other than that they seem okay. This is my first hatch ever and in a bator I made from a cooler. If it matters these are buff sebright babies, so cute I love them already but so very very small.
     
  2. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    The dry stuff on their backs will wear off in a few days, however the dried stuff across the vent needs to come of asap. The best way to go about it would be to spread some baby oil or mineral oil on a q tip and apply it generously to the vent to moisten the sticky stuff and then after it has soaked a while, try to wipe it off with a warm, moist rag or paper towel or whatever you have. It may take doing this several times, and the chick will probably act like your killing it, but be easy and it will be fine. If a chick gets blocked up, it doesn't take ANY time for it to die, so go do it now.
     
  3. jenni2142

    jenni2142 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay the vent is clear, it only took one time. I am lucky that they already like to be held.
    What about the one that doesn't want to come out? it is still just the beak peeking through the membrane. the others were much quicker. Can I help it out? A quarter size patch of shell is off with just the membrane over the chick. It was almost like the others were trying to get it out before i moved them to the brooder. I can see it's beak moving, opening a little and closing. If I am just too impatient please let me know. I have been a wreck all day since first pip.
     

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