Low humidity hatch, sticky chick

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hermiesbirdies, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. hermiesbirdies

    hermiesbirdies Out Of 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.
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    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.
     
  3. hermiesbirdies

    hermiesbirdies Out Of The Brooder

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    Just warm water? no soap or anything?

    Thank you
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    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.
     
  5. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Yep, warm running water does it.
     

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