removed stuck shell but some still won't come off - PICS

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by opihiman911, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. opihiman911

    opihiman911 Songster

    Mar 19, 2007
    Well I have completed the 1 hour shellectomy surgery on this little one. Being a paramedic for 17 years, I have helped many people and saved a couple lives, but helping a chickie by performing a shellectomy is a first for me. To say I was a little bit nervous.
    Warm water, warm bankets, q-tips, scissors, 5 minutes of removing the shell, 10 minutes under the heat lamp. I've gotten most of it off, but there is still a little piece stuck to her butt and between her shoulders. I've had to stop because I pulled some of the fuzz off her back and it has a raw spot now. Same for the piece on her butt a little raw spot is starting. She is definately better, running around unimpeded hanging with her other little peeps.
    Do I need to remove all the shell from her butt? Will it cause problems in a couple days when she starts to eat and poop? Should I put some bactriban or neosporin on the raw spots? She is back n the bator and I will leave her in there for a couple hours till she dries off again and I get some input from you vetran hatchers out there.
    Also the other chicks are getting rambuncious and jumping on top of the other eggs and moving them around rolling them out of their way. There are still one or two that pipped and yet to hatch, do I need to worry about them? Temp has been steady at 100, it wet and rainy here so the humidity in the bator is at 89% right now. I would assume just let them go.
    Thanks for the help,

  2. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    The shell and membrane will eventually come off on its own, but I would be a little worried about the bit stuck on her butt. It may cause blockage problems or it may attract the other chicks to peck at it. It is okay to put the bottom end of the chick under warm running water to try loosening the membrane from her down. A drop of conditioner might help, too. Just be sure to dry her thoroughly and get her back under a warm light as soon as possible. If the other chicks peck at her, you can change their light to a red bulb or use some Blue-Kote to discourage pecking.

  3. jenichick

    jenichick Songster

    Jun 1, 2007
    I think you should take it off if the yolk is all absorbed etc.
  4. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

    Nov 14, 2007
    I have one now with a little shell stuck to it. They come off when they start feathering in.
  5. d_rooster

    d_rooster Songster

    Mar 19, 2007
    North Augusta, SC
    Maybe a little bit of olive oil could help unstick that shell, but not too much. The chick might think you are getting it ready for the frying pan. [​IMG]
  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    I think I agree, I would take a q-tip and dab as under the shell as you can get, and let it sit for an hour, then repeat if necessary. Poor baby!

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