Hi! I'm VERY new to the chick world and I'm hoping someone here can help me out. I homeschool my 2 kids, and we've been doing a "Chick Study" the past few weeks. ( Just for peace of mind for those who may be wondering, when all the chicks are old enough, they will be going to a WONDERFUL farm where my daughter takes horse lessons. : ) 9 out of the 15 chicks we were given showed to be fertile. This past week (the last week week of the incubation stage.) 2 of the 9 chicks died in their shell. (One of them being the DAY BEFORE they hatched! *sniff*) The other 7 chicks however, all came out of their shells today. Our 2 biggest eggs were the first to pip and progressed way ahead of all the others. They then stopped and had the hardest time getting out of their shells. As a result, all the other chicks hatched before them. By the time they both finally came out, the inside lining of the shell was hardening. ( In case it matters, I had the humidity around 50% during the 21 days, and around 60% during the hatching stage.) Both of the chicks look a lot more bare then the others, and when all their fuzz dried up, both still had a wet look, but with a hard crusty feel. (Which I understand.) I'm rather concerned about one of them though, because when it finally pushed out of it's shell and started to wobble about, it made a squishy noise and green/white liquid-like mucus oozed out from behind it. (I couldn't tell though if it came from it's stomach, or it's tush.) He has since done this 2 more times. If he didn't have such a rough hatch, I would have thought it to be simply waste. (Although none of the others chicks have done that yet.) I have tried to Google search what it is, but I couldn't find anything. Does anyone know what's happening? Was he possibly hurt on the way out of his egg? I'm concerned he may be in pain, or slowly dying. : ( I am also wondering about their fuzz. How will it become clean and soft like the others when it's plastered so hard to their skin? Thanks so much! : ) ~Susin Questions I was able to answer from the list : ) 1) What type of bird , age and weight: And I quote from the guy who gave us the eggs, "Just your everyday chicken." ; ) 3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma: A little bleeding from the abdominal. (Just enough to see a faint pinkish/red circle outline in the paper towel.) 5) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all: I put a lid (filled with marbles ; ) with water in the brooder.