Please Help!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Foghorn-Leghorn46, May 25, 2011.

  1. Foghorn-Leghorn46

    Foghorn-Leghorn46 Out Of The Brooder

    26
    0
    32
    Aug 21, 2010
    Alabama
    I just recently had silkies hatch 16 baby chicks the other day, and i found one that i think hatched this morning maybe, he looks fine, hes churping well, but his left eye is completely shut, there dirt or something completely surrounding his eye, his other eye is fine, is this something that will clear up, or do i need to wash it off somehow?
     
  2. Erica

    Erica Chillin' With My Peeps

    821
    32
    133
    Dec 5, 2010
    Could it be part of the egg membrane clinging to his face? You might try to very gently swab it off with warm water. Careful not to wet the chick all over. (If you do, just gently blow dry with a dryer.)

    It would be a good idea to pick it up and have a very close look in any case. [​IMG]
     
  3. Foghorn-Leghorn46

    Foghorn-Leghorn46 Out Of The Brooder

    26
    0
    32
    Aug 21, 2010
    Alabama
    i did pick it up, it definitely looks like dirt, or even feces. so how would i wash it off? i dont want to hurt it
     
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    8,697
    230
    316
    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Just be super gentle, use a nice warm washcloth or a bounty paper towel, and just kind of dab the area until the crud loosens....Like you would a human baby....It'll be OK!

    [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by