How do I clean a shrink wrapped chick?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dwegg, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. dwegg

    dwegg Songster

    Ok so now my last two to hatch got shrink wrapped but are doing ok and starting to get on their feet now but they have hard goo ALL over them.

    How do I safely clean it off? When should I try to clean it? Or let them rest and get stronger first?

    I have re-wet them with warm water and an eye dropper and put them on a warm wet cloth in the bator ( but they keep moving around off it!)...the humidity is up at 85% ... Is that too high for them? Can they breath ok with that high humidity?
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2011
  2. dwegg

    dwegg Songster

    no-one can give me some advice?
  3. fifelakelooper

    fifelakelooper Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    fife lake, mi.
    I guess the fact that the survived the a good sign. I have no clue what to do but what you are already doing sounds good to me.
    Good luck!
  4. dwegg

    dwegg Songster

    Thanks..I followed some directions from on here after I researched it. Took them out and washed them in a bowl of warm water with a toothbrush and got a lot off.

    I am letting them rest tonight now and will see in the morning. They are all wet and warm back in the bator and seem to be doing just fine.

    Happy me! Thanks...
  5. chickensinwasillaAK

    chickensinwasillaAK Songster

    Feb 2, 2011
    Wasilla Alaska
    Last hatch I had the same issue but the goo didn't want to come off. I felt that trying was doing more harm then good so I left it alone, in a week or so she had grown enough to break it up and it fell off her. Chickens have lived a long time without us 'helping' them, so I figured she could live with it. The other chicks were more interested in her feet then the dried goo so they didn't peck at her. [​IMG]
  6. dwegg

    dwegg Songster

    Thanks for the reassurance...their poor little heads are still matted but at least they can move around and poop, ect. They are quite fluffy now but they look like they are wearing a helmet. Glad to know it will fall off with a little time.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2011

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