Low humidity hatch, sticky chick

hermiesbirdies

In the Brooder
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I had chicks hatch out of an incubator. it happened over a day. in my excitement over the chicks, I didnt notice there was no moisture in the incubator. I just had one hatch that is all sticky and has peices of shell and shell membrane stuck to her.

How do I clean her? when I put her in with the others they peck at her like they are trying to get stuff off, but I am afraid they will peck her to death trying.
 

gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
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Sep 22, 2009
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My slice of heaven in Somerset, CA
I had one like that just day before yesterday. I took it and held it under very warm running water to unstick the feathers and moisten the membrane enough to pull the bits off the chick. Then I towel dried it, and put it back into the 'bator overnight to fluff up and rest. I didn't put it back with the chicks in the brooder until the yesterday morning.
 

gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
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Sep 22, 2009
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My slice of heaven in Somerset, CA
Nope, no soap. I did use a finger to move the sticky feathers around under the water flow, very gentle rubbing. I'd roll the membrane-stuck feathers between two fingers, too. It was amazing how much better it looked after drying off!

Happy little run around chick, now.
 

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