Silkie momma has 3 chicks, one stuck to her?

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Songster
11 Years
Aug 10, 2008
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Northeast Fla
My silkie went broody so we gave her 4 eggs. So far 3 have hatched.

2 of them this morning, one yesterday. One this morning was STUCK to the momma. I lifted her up to check on all the babies and the momma's feathers were intertwined around the baby. Basically, when I lifted momma, baby went with her.

I had to break apart and pull off a couple of feathers to free the baby. When I pulled baby out she was limp. She was NOT limp 2 hours ago when I checked on them. (However, when I checked on them then, one was caught in her feathers as well!)She was kind of gasping so I blew some air into her beak and am keeping her body warm.

After about 2 minutes she started to chirp a bit, eyes aren't opening up.

Is there anything anything else I can do for baby or to ensure this doesn't happen again? Does momma need a bath?

Do I need to bath momma silkie?
 

KellyHM

Crowing
11 Years
Sep 10, 2008
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Lakeland, FL
2 of my chicks (a Silkie and a Frizzle) managed to get their wing feathers intertwined and I had to pull them apart. They were already dry in the brooder, so I have no clue how they managed it. Good luck with the little one!
 

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Songster
11 Years
Aug 10, 2008
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201
Northeast Fla
These guys were hatched under momma and then I pulled them out and all seemed fine then a couple of hours later was stuck.

I just took them out and they aren't getting restuck, which is good! And the little one seems to be doing fine now, thankfully! Makes me paranoid though, cause I think he would have died if I didn't check on him sooner!
 

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