- Oct 27, 2011
I have seen a few threads about the "Sticky" chicks, but I haven't found the answer to what I am looking for yet. We hatched some chicks out on Wednesday and one of the chicks had the sticky glue over most of him. Enough so that he couldn't get his wing away from his body. We used warm water and eventually got his wing separated but it did cost him quite a few little feathers in that area. He is kinda bald in a lot of places due to being so stuck. I have given him some little warm water baths and have been able to get most of the goop off of his back, etc, but I can't get it off the top of his head! His head feathers are just slicked back and tight. I have carefully put warm water on that area, but with their heads being so little and with how wiggly they are, it is hard to really get in there and scrub it out especially with their eyes and nose so close. What happens if you can't get all the sticky stuff off of the chick? Will it actually harm them or will that glue eventually kind of flake off or pop off when the other feathers come in? Also, because he is so bald am I going to have to keep him separate from the rest of the gang for awhile or will he do ok with the rest. They are just under a heat lamp and it seems as though he would be colder than everyone else.