Shell stuck

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Elakr1, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. Elakr1

    Elakr1 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 18, 2011
    Not sure where to post this.
    My last hatchling has some shell stuck to is back.
    What needs to be done? Will it hurt the chick?
    Or will it just drop off at a later time?
  2. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2011
    S.E. Michigan
    Congrats on the new babies. If all the new chicks have hatched and are dry and fluffy - I would give the one with the shell stuck to it, a bath with warm water and very carfully remove the shell. You can just hold the chick in your hand, keeping it's head up and let the warm water soften up the goo/cement. To remove the shell without wetting & soaking the baby will lose pre-feather.
  3. swirler

    swirler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2011
    My last-hatching little runtling was near-shrinkwrapped, and had some membrane and shell stuck, as well as gooey feathers that weren't fluffing promptly. He had a couple of warm baths, which he seemed to really quite enjoy, relaxing in my hand happily. Measure the water temp to be as close as possible to incubator temp, use a warm room with no drafts, and keep the chick carefully enclosed in your hand so that it can't get its head under water. I did a quick dry with a soft cloth then put him back in the incubator till he was fluffing up, rather than just under lights in the brooder.

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