Sticky chicks!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Slightly Cracked, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. Slightly Cracked

    Slightly Cracked Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone ever had sticky chicks before?
    I did the cardnial sin and "helped" a chick out.
    When I was "helping" him out he was very sticky feeling. he was covered in a clear liquid covering him. I thought it could have been because I dropped him while I was checking on his progress and busted his shell. But I had another on today that is covered in sticky clear liquid that was left undisturbed.
    I have had serveral other chicks born this hatch that was "normal", any ideas?

    Thanks,
    SC
     
  2. Slightly Cracked

    Slightly Cracked Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I could help myself I had to "help" the second chick too. When i got him out of the shell he was so sticky that his wings was stick to his body and he couldn't open his mouth.
    I took a WARM washcloth and cleaned all the stick goo off of him. The bottom part of the shell looked like it had poo in it? It was a slightly green color.

    Any ideas? They are not over due.
     
  3. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your humidity was too low. The sticky stuff was the membrane that was hardening. I help my sticky chicks.
     
  4. Slightly Cracked

    Slightly Cracked Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How come some was fine and 2 was gooey?
     
  5. portagee

    portagee Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm having this same problem. Is it low humidity from day 1 to 18. Or during lockdown. I had humidity in the 20s during days 1 to 18 then 65 to 75 during lock down.
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Theoretically there are two types of "sticky chicks" if they are extra wet and sticky and there is excess fluid in the egg, it is a sign of humidity too high during the first 17 days. If there is no extra fluids and they are a drier sticky, then it points to humidity too low the first 17 days.

    You can have an egg that doesn't loose enough moisture and an egg that looses too much moisture in the same hatch, why? Because each egg is different. Some eggs are more porous, the shells are thicker/thinner and they loose moisture at different rates. That's why you might see that 18 out of 20 are hatching perfect and 2 are overly wet or too dry. You adjust your humidity for the majority so sometimes you will have an egg that shows "too high or too low humidity" It doesn't always mean your humidity was too high or low for the hatch, sometimes it's just too high or low for that particular egg. If the majority of your chicks are hatching out fine, then you don't want to change much, because you will on the average have a couple that don't hatch or have problems. We can't provide the optimal conditions for every egg because not every egg is equal.
     
  7. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    If you are having a problem with the majority of the hatch, I would try running humidity at 30-35% the first 17 days. Did you monitor your air cells at all during incubation?
     
  8. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    And BTW, there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with assisting a hatch if you are comfortable doing it. [​IMG]
     
  9. portagee

    portagee Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks
     
  10. wabbit1964

    wabbit1964 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks this was helpful to me.. I am seeing some sticky chicks in today's hatch and was trying to figure out where I went wrong...
     

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