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Newly hatched chick "coated" with stiff substance

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by newchickenfamily, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. OK, I'm new at this hatching business. I had 6 chicks hatch today. 5 are doing fine. The last one (little banty egg) had a hard time hatching. After 24 hours on it's own, I helped it out. It's in OK shape, EXCEPT that it's coated in a stiff eggy (duh!) substance that is not allowing it to "fluff up" like the others. It's still in the 'bator and the humidity is about 80%.

    What can I do (if anything) for this little peeper? [​IMG]

  2. willowcol

    willowcol Songster

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    The humidity was to low on the last one and that is what caused the sticky stuff. Did you open the bator before it hatched?
  3. Eastins Eggs

    Eastins Eggs Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    Ceresco Nebraska
    Known as sticky chick. You can try and carefully clean with warm water. Be warned these chicks do not survive very often.
  4. willowcol

    willowcol Songster

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    Forgot t o add, some people just leave it and they say it goes away in a few days. When I had that happen I got a nice warm bowl of water and a paper towel and gently got as much off as I could them put it back in the bator to dry. Wash around eyes with a q tip so its little eyes don't stick together. The one I had like this had that happen and it cried nonstop til I figured out the problem.
  5. A.J.'s

    A.J.'s Songster

    Nov 11, 2008
    Ive had this happen a few times. I simply run the water in the bathroom sink until its nice and warm and hold the chick under the water for a few seconds and then wrap it in a warmed towel and hold it there for a few minutes.
    The water will absorb into the towel and then put it under the lamp to fluff it up.
    This really makes it beautiful and it will not have the stuck feather kiinda look as most of them do the first week.
    When the weather is right I do this to all of them. It sure perks them up and they shine like gold.
  6. spook

    spook Songster

    I have recieved a sticky chick, wipe it off with warm water, under the heat lamp watching that it doesn't catch a chill and like said, it should fluff up, just try not to leave it to long as the fluff is what keeps its skin warm.
    Good luck! [​IMG]
  7. Thanks guys...I have left it in the bator to stay warm since it has no fluff. I've realized this morning that it has bigger problems than the sticky stuff. It's got funky legs and can't get up on it's legs like a regular chick. That's probably why it couldn't hatch out itself! [​IMG] I knew I was taking a chance helping the chick out... I'll follow your suggestions and see where that takes us... Thanks!

  8. I had a chick I had to help out because of my own stupidity. He was covered in dried gunk. I left him alone and now, nearly two weeks later, he's still gunky looking in the parts that haven't started to feather out yet, but otherwise doing just fine.

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