OMG! HELP! Chick hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KareyABohr, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. KareyABohr

    KareyABohr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2009
    SE Iowa
    My DH is not home and one of the baby chicks has hatched. It was wiggling around and i chipped it so the beak was out and it is floping around all wierd now that it is out of the shell.
    Is this normal?! Should I dry it off. I have no idea what to do.
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    It's just trying to get it's legs. It takes time. If there are other eggs in the bator, CLOSE IT, and LEAVE IT BE!
  3. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

    Jan 23, 2009
    South GA
    My chickie flopped around for a little while too. It was like it didn't realize it was out of the shell. I did pick it up to check it, but then I put it back in to warm and dry off. When it was almost dry then I moved it to the brooder.

    The whole thing took about an hour. Just relax, don't panic.
  4. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    If it hatched itself don't worry about it. They really don't have any coordination at hatch. It will also sleep a lot. It will be running around tomorrow [​IMG]
  5. KareyABohr

    KareyABohr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2009
    SE Iowa
    Good! I see another one is starting to chip its away out of the shell.
    My son will be SO excited when he sees this!
    Thank you everyone! I will post pics when it dries off and isn't so yucky!
  6. aberfitch

    aberfitch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2008
    Texas Fort Worth
    LEAVE IT ALONE. it didnt need help getting in the egg SO it doesn't need help out
  7. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Chicks pip and take their time hatching for reasons, they are learning to breathe, resting and finishing absorbing their yolk sacs. From a pip it can take the chick 24 hours and longer to zip out of the shell. You risk ruining the others to hatch by opening the incubator, temps & and much needed humidity.

    They also are trying to get their land legs under them just like any baby animal. The flopping around is normal and they will get it under control. Bright lights usually alert them and I like to keep lights dimmed so they can rest and are not flopping around to light and sound as much while still in the incubators.
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2009
  8. KareyABohr

    KareyABohr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2009
    SE Iowa
    The chick passed away...but it was a full day early and just never seemed to act right.
  9. william9792

    william9792 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2008
    graham, nc
    sorry about the chick
  10. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    wait did you hatch it, if so please let the others hatch on their own and if there are other eggs opening and closing the bator will lower the humidity and the others can be effected.

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