New chick help.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by horsechick, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. horsechick

    horsechick Songster

    Nov 14, 2007
    Eaton, Ohio
    I may have jumped gun on helping a chick out.
    Pipped and nothing after for about 8- 9 hours.

    Removed part of top of shell, membrane was getting dried out, humidity was still 70%.
    Soaked with some warm water, wrapped in warm paper towel. Left back in, checked later, removed some more egg shell.
    He finally popped out no yolk, looks ok, BUT

    he is still kind of "shaped with a curve like egg"
    He is curved to the left, can't stand up, falls over to his left and then ends up on his back. His left eye looks closed, (probably because he ends up laying on it when he falls.) He is dry, fluffy, and peeps.
    But just not getting the standing and straightening out.

    What should I do?
    I have been lifting him up and putting him on his feet, he tries and then falls to the left.
    Even his little neck/head is tucked to the left.


    Thank you,
  2. I would just wait. They take a while to get their legs under them. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2008
  3. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    I hope some one who know what to do lets you know but I would say, let it rest. Good Luck. [​IMG]
  4. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    When they hatch they are wet and exhausted. It can take several hours before they do much more than **flop around a bit*.

    Keep it warm, in the hatcher, and keep an eye on him [​IMG]
  5. horsechick

    horsechick Songster

    Nov 14, 2007
    Eaton, Ohio
    He's dry, been out since yesterday now. We hatched 3 before him and moved them to a brooder w/light etc.

    He's just not "right"
    I have been sitting him on his bottom, feet under himself, and holding his little neck straighter, he tries to stand and then goes tumbling to the left, lol!
    Finally going onver.
    Anyway, DH said his necks looks a tad straighter tonight, (I'm at work so can't see him)
    Maybe my physical therapy is working.

    I wouldn't know how to "end" it for him if I had too.
    I thought he might get weaker and die, but so far he hasn't.
    When I'm off I will get photos and post them. Maybe that would help.

    We had one more egg with him to hatch. Both White silkies and after candling the other one after I opened him and found no movement, it had died.
    So he was the last one for this "week"

    Thank all very much,
  6. jackiedon

    jackiedon Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Central Arkansas

    I would keep dipping his beak in water and put him in the brooder. I think he will probably just take him some time. I've had some that were large chicks and were so tightly scrunched in the eggs it just takes the a few days. I do put Poultry Drench in their water because it has electryliks and vitamins

    let us know how it goes.

  7. horsechick

    horsechick Songster

    Nov 14, 2007
    Eaton, Ohio
    I put him in the brooder for a few minutes and th eother 3 that hatchedwere coming over and pecking him.
    peck his foot, peck his head, peck his wing, run off, come back etc.
    I was afriad he would lay there and he'd get pecked to death.
    He cannot walk.

    Should I go ahead and put him in there n e way? just watch?
  8. Joy1

    Joy1 Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Hi, How is he now?
  9. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    angela, I would not put him in there if they are just pecking on him. Leave him in the bator where it is warm.
    They don't need food for the first three days, I believe, so at least give him that.
  10. I had one hatch on its own last week that just wasn't strong enough to survive. I don't know why that happens, but I think it's just a part of the hatching experience. Not to say that yours won't make it or anything, but things like this happen, with hens hatching them, too. The weak ones get pushed out of the nest. I learned a lot from the weak chick that hatched last week. It's not easy to deal with, but it's a part of life and nature and it just happens. Best of luck with him, I do hope it gets better.

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