Sticky Chicky and a bit of confusion

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by luvzmybabz, Feb 1, 2008.

  1. luvzmybabz

    luvzmybabz Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    OK in this senarion I have 3 chicks chick 1 chick 2 chick 3 all 3 chicks were incubated and hatched using same incubator/hatcher

    Chick 1 hatched on its own and has a lump around belly button Chick 1 is now 5 days old and bump is still there but definately starting to dry up other then that and 32 hours from pip to hatch pretty much easy goer

    chick 2 due on same day as chick 3 (yesterday) pipped early and was almost 36 hours after pip I finally helped him out as he was starting to get quiter and less movement no zipping at all. a little sticky and head was flatten out a little so I am glad I intervened Have had the too much body not enough shell flatten out head thing before in ostriches and was glad I helped. now doing fine perfect belly button

    Chick 3 due yesterday pipped yesterday afternoon around 1 and zipped hatched ( no help ) around 7 this morning sticky as all get out I checked his belly as I thought maybe leakage from unabsorded egg sac but button perfect but still looks as wet as when he hatched this AM but it totally dry to the touch

    Do I need to bathe him using wet cotton balls or just leave him. I planned on moving them to brooder this evening but I do not want the older chick to peck at his skin.

    So all in all it seems the only issue with the one I helped out, due to fear of being in there too long is doing the best at this stage rather then the 2 that hatched on their own.

    What causes sticky hatches I have another set due to go in on Monday and need to get the hatcher cleaned and running again.

    PS I think Chick 3 is a splash cochin which I SOOOO wanted, if not the lighted shade of silver blue ever
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    A couple of months ago I had a few at the end of a hatch that were very pine sap sticky. I really didn't clean them up any and they looked pretty sorry for a couple of days, but it finally wore off.
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    The big belly button is from temp too high usually, sometimes from humidity problems. The sticky is from humidity too low. Probably from opening the hatcher to help the other ones.
  4. therealsilkiechick

    therealsilkiechick ShowGirl Queen

    Jul 18, 2007
    Northwestern, pa
    if they are sticky the humidity is most likely to low that's what causes it when i do it. i don't leave them in the hatcher after they are up and walking about i put them in the heated brooder, if not walking they stay longer. nope don't wash it once it looses the crysilis on the feathers it will fluff right up. it's still sticky cause it's in the hatcher after in the brooder it dries that up and the down feathers expand and dry which makes it fluffy.

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