Newly Hatched - Feathers matted

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TomMN1, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. TomMN1

    TomMN1 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 3, 2010
    Inver Grove Heights
    I have a newly hatched chick that seemed excessively wet when it hatched. It is fow four hours later, it's up and moving around, but seems to have a hardened "crust" and it hasn't fluffed out. Does anyone know what may have caused this? It's like there is yolk all over her.

    I'm still in lockdown as some other eggs are still pipped and are making progress so I wanted to wait before I did anything. Should I wait? Or take it out and try to do something?
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    sounds "shrink wrapped," humidity too low at hatching. My brain is failing me (too much holiday celebration) but I seem to remember using warm(damp) washcloths to get the yuck off. Be careful not to let chick get chilled. Hair dryer set low would be good.

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