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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pokey, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    upstate
    i just thought i'd pass this along.when my last chick(s) hatched it was so dry because i had humidity problems that i had to help it out of its shell. it literally stuck to the wire in the incubator and could not move.
    NOW, i am not going to tell you this was the smart thing to do, but i decided to rinse the chick under warm water. ok, my husband freaked, but , i dried it gently with a blow dryer, put the chick back , and no harm done. i just wanted the other people who feel like [​IMG] when this problem arises that this was tried and atleast worked for me. again i am not going to tell you to do it, just that i tried it.
     
  2. robinaggie

    robinaggie Flew the Coop

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    Sometimes we have to play it "by ear." Last night I had to help some chicks out of their dried out membranes, too. I partially submerged them in a bowl of warm water, and gently peeled the membrane off. It had to be done - the chicks were in straight jackets! They're dry and they're fine.

    (And somebody out there is probably freaking out about what we did.) [​IMG]
     
  3. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Last hatch I had albumen covering two chicks. Both were from extremely large eggs. I had to rinse both of them under warm running water to get it off. I hated to do it because of their navel cords, but afterward I touched their navels with a q-tip dipped in betadine.
     
  4. robinaggie

    robinaggie Flew the Coop

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    I didn't even think about their open belly buttons. Is it too late to medicate? :eek:
     
  5. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    upstate
    guess better safe than sorry........maybe its not to late or hopefully they will heal up w/o it.
     
  6. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    It's not too late. Just touch them with some betadine on a q-tip. It will help them dry up faster too.
     
  7. robinaggie

    robinaggie Flew the Coop

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    I was going to ask if Betadine was safe for the chicks, so here's my next question: if I ever have to rinse membrane from another chick, could I use a mild Betadine/water solution to do it?
     
  8. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, you could. But if you have city water that has chlorine in it, just putting betadine on the navel is probably enough. Well water...I would put a touch of betadine in it.
     

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