Newly Hatched Chicks in Incubator losing tiny hair

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Kentuckyrain, May 20, 2016.

  1. Kentuckyrain

    Kentuckyrain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure if I am explaining this, I know they are not feathers yet, this is probably about my 5th or 6th time now hatching in my incubator,, but this is the first time I have actually seen tiny hairs all over in my incubator,, I could take a picture but you won't be able to see it with my crappy camera, just imagine what it would look like if you shaved your short leg hairs and it all fell in the bator.

    Also, something odd is going on as well, this is my 3rd time hatching with my current flock, but I am seeing that some of the chicks are very different looking then any that have hatched from these hens before. I'm wondering if my Bantam rooster mated with my large Barred Rocks?
     
  2. Kentuckyrain

    Kentuckyrain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm guessing no one has had newly hatched chicks in an incubator lose lots of hair? lol They all seem healthy and happy,,, but lots of hair in the bator, moved 6 so far to brooder, ,have 4 more in bator hatched, waiting till they dry then moving them to brooder,,,
     
  3. Wickedchicken6

    Wickedchicken6 Chillin like a Villain Premium Member

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    Oh yeah, I've seen that...lol. Sure makes a mess doesn't it? [​IMG]

    I see it when I can't pull the chicks as soon as I'd like to. I was gone when mine were hatching the other day. Fuzz everywhere!
    Here's a pic with fuzz on the perforated bottom on of my incubator...just to the left of the G eggs.

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    Is that the little hairs you're wondering about?
     
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  4. Kentuckyrain

    Kentuckyrain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG yes,, this is new to me, never seen it before, was not sure if something was wrong with my chicks,, lol.

    So it is kinda normal then?
     
  5. Wickedchicken6

    Wickedchicken6 Chillin like a Villain Premium Member

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    I think so. I equate a chick being left in the incubator with more mess to clean up...lol.

    If you hold them against the light of a window and lightly run a finger along their back petting their fuzz, you can see little hairs coming off them.
    I assume you had some very active chicks this last hatch.
    I've seen it on most of my hatches, I wouldn't worry. [​IMG]
    The worst part is that it's an extra mess to clean.
     
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