Hi from CT. Big chick troubles

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by redrosado, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. redrosado

    redrosado Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 6, 2016
    Hi everyone, just joined. We had a tragic hatch. 12 eggs. First pipped and started zip om Monday. Dry & died Monday night. Membranes looked ok, so I left her be. Tuesday am, died. Second pipped Tuesday pm.Day 23. I watched like a hawk. After watching her get weaker, I decided to intervene. I finished her zip & ALL membrane was white as paper. Now shes up & peeping away like crazy, but all sticky & not fluffing out. All other eggs were dead. I waited too long. I dont want to chill her to clean her up, but dont want bacteria either. This is my first try incubating for a friend who couldnt keep her chickens brooding. What do I do??? HELP!!!
  2. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. NFCs suggestion is likely to get you the best responses - I personally have no experience using incubators, sorry.

    Good luck in future hatches

  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Maybe temps and humidity were off. Some people use 2-3 thermometers and/or hygrometers - because the incubator may be unreliable. As to the chick you could give her a quick bath , in a warm room, with a little Dawn dish soap. Warm water. Work it in gently . Be sure to rinse well and dry with hair dryer on warm setting. Then put her back under brooder lamp.

    Just need an inch or two of water in sink to wet her down - don't let her head drop into the water.
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  5. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 29, 2011
    Welcome to the BYC forum! :frow

    I'm sorry to hear of the hatching troubles! I've had my share of bad hatches before, I know how depressing they can be when things don't turn out. :hugs

    @drumstick diva Gave you good advice on how to handle the sticky baby. You can keep her in a brooder under the heat lamp now (if you haven't already removed her from the incubator).

    Good luck!
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  7. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.

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