Helping out stuck chicks
by J. Reynolds
I've had plenty of experience helping out stuck chicks. The main concern is being patient and not helping them too soon. There are blood vessels that may still be attached to the chick and the shell. If you pull on the shell, thinking you are helping the chick, it could bleed to death. Remember, as the chick is hatching, it will absorb its yolk. This gives it a three day supply of nourishment. So, give it time to get out of the shell before you start pulling. I only help them if they happen to be dried out and stuck to the shell for at least the first 12 hours. Usually at this time, all the blood vessels have separated from the chick. It's still very hard to be patient. I've tried helping them out earlier and learned that it only does more harm than good.
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