Need Help!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by momof3baldwins, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. momof3baldwins

    momof3baldwins New Egg

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    Our first chick hatched today. It has been about 6 hours and he is not fluffy, but hes not wet either. Its like all his feathers dried in clumps. He is flopping around on his back, and when I turn him over onto his feet/stomach, he just flops right back onto his back. Is this normal? Is there anything I can do for him? Also, the incubator they are in has a wire mesh floor. Is that ok for them for the first day or so after they hatch? I dont want them to get spraddle legged. Thanks!
     
  2. ethingtonart

    ethingtonart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is she doing? It sounds normal to me, unless she can't walk a bit by 24 or so hours.
     
  3. momof3baldwins

    momof3baldwins New Egg

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    Right now she is just flopping around on her back and cheeping. I didnt know if this was normal or not, this is our first time hatching! It concerns me that when I flip her onto her stomach she goes right back to her back.
     
  4. hondo58

    hondo58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's still in the incubator right? Aren't you in lockdown?

    Most folks use shelf liner on top of the mesh wire. It's easier to clean up after and makes a nicer surface for them.
     
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