How long should it take a chick to dry out?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by livin-green, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. livin-green

    livin-green Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first chick hatched out this afternoon--had some difficulty getting out of the shell, but was completely out by 2:30pm. It was really wet and goopy looking. It's now about 6:30pm and it is still pretty wet. I've noticed also that it barely open it's eyes. Think this one is going to be okay or does it have a problem?

    I'm really concerned because the second chick, which was fully hatched about 4:30, is nearly completely dry and starting to fluff out some. It's pretty blue eyes are wide open and alert.
     
  2. the_eagle69

    the_eagle69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would give it some time Your humidity my be just a little high this will take a little longer to dry.
     
  3. livin-green

    livin-green Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess I should have said that I'm using a dry incubation method. I'm keeping the humidity between 60-65%; however, it did shoot up to about 70% for just a little while, so maybe that is causing this really wet one to take longer to dry out....?? I guess I should also clarify that I'm a first time hatcher, so I'm not really sure what to expect at all.[​IMG]

    It was really active when trying to get out of the shell, so I'm hoping it has just worn itself out. It flopped all over trying to get a big piece of shell off of it. [​IMG]

    Anybody else have input?? I'm curious about why it was so "goopy" looking--some yellowish sticky looking stuff on it--plus, the fact that it has hardly opened its eyes at all.

    Here's a pic. taken at 3:45pm:
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    And another taken at 4:00pm:
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    I know that isn't much time past the hatch time, but it still looks pretty much like these photos, and it's now 7:10pm.
     
  4. Huny

    Huny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He looks like he has a lot of gunk on him. Could it be that he is technically dry but because it's dirty it still looks wet?
     
  5. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

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    Kind of looks like he has some yolk on his back.Is it possible for the yolk sac to break instead of being drawn into the belly like it's supposed to?
     
  6. livin-green

    livin-green Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really have no idea--your guesses are as good as mine...???
    He does look like he is starting to dry out just a little bit more, but is still really floppy with eyes pretty much closed. It does have some stringy stuff still attached to the belly. It has "pooped" twice now and is very vocal--which is usually a good sign, no?
     
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  7. minna

    minna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Every once in a while, I will have a chick like that. It will take "forever" for him to dry and then he will be yucky looking and kinda stiff. You could probably try to give him a warm bath and then stick him back in the incubator, but it's not necessary. It will grow out and he will be fluffy, although it will take about a week. I had one last week that hatched out kinda goopy, he is feathering out now and is fluffy, you can't even tell.
     
  8. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    You will be amazed if you leave the chick alone in the bator tomorrow it should be rested and fluffed out abit. They don't need to be washed off as they will fluff out in a day or so. They are not pecky little creatures right off the bat and sleep alot.
     
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  9. livin-green

    livin-green Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I think he's coming around--just really slowly. He's looking more dry but now kinda' crusty! Yuck!

    I agree, I'm not going to mess with him (or it could be "her"). I'd rather it look "crusty" than risk making it sick or something trying to wash it. Who knows, it could be one of the prettiest most healthy of the hatch if I just give it time.
     
  10. the_eagle69

    the_eagle69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That does happen. It seams to be moveing around from the pics. So i belive it will be ok just needs longer.
     

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