sticky and dry chick - should I sponge w/ warm water?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Gallusfarm, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. Gallusfarm

    Gallusfarm Songster

    Jul 14, 2009
    I know this is a dumb question, but our peachick had a super difficult hatch. It's breathing and peeping, but it was sticky this morning and now all of the stickiness has dried. He's tried to move around a bit, but having a hard time... I wondered if I sponged his wings with warm water if it would help or hurt.


  2. I know nothing about peafowl, but I do know how pitiful new chickens look right after hatch. I would try a rub with a dry wash cloth before anything else. The fluid inside the egg makes the fluff look terrible. It does take a long time for them to dry completely. Put the baby back in the incubator to stay warm enough. I'd give it another 12 hours at least before trying any sort of washing.
  3. 4boysmom

    4boysmom Songster

    Jun 12, 2007
    I have had to do this a couple of times with chicks...use warm water in the sponge or paper towel, you may have to squeeze a little of the water on her, then gently rub ...either try to blow dry a little or put her in a warm incubator it under a warm light to dry out again.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by