Originally Posted by luvmigirls
noooo. so sorry to hear of that! Ugh. it is so interesting how so many can hatch so beautifully but then there is always that 'one' who has a difficult hatch. My second hatchling when hatching out was so very very harsh about it. It felt like he was rushing! So when he got out he was stumbling all over the place he was initially still attached to his umbilical. I noticed very fresh looking blood in the egg he just left. Later i noticed spots of blood on the bottom of the bator and he was still unbalanced and not settling and flopping all over. I went in, removed the shell and it looks like the chicks umbilical cord was bleeding and the inside of the egg has veins still very bright red. very opposite of my other hatchling! I think his stumbling around may have pulled the umbilical from his skin a little to early. There was blood on the incubator floor so I put him in a separate little index card box inside the bator on white paper towel and kept an eye on him. the bleeding did stop, but now right before bed i noticed several blood spots again. I noticed the bator was at 58 humidity as i went in to invesitgate.... I picked him up, and flipped him upside down, and seen he has poop? stuck to his vent along with dried blood spots around the umbilicus. I quick gathered witch hazel (a well known vaso constrictor) and some tissues and squeezed some of the liquid onto his belly area and vent, wipped it all up as best i could, I did not see any new blood seeping anywhere as i did this... but did notice the umbilical would to be more of a line then a nub.... I took away my other hatchling into the brooder (already eating at hour 19 age lol) and laid fresh paper towel in the index card box. I also added a lot of water in the incubator. I have no idea why he is stil bleeding other then he is ripping open the old wound. he is chirping a lot. I keep feeling like i want to pick him up and cuddle him into a towel but i am certain that will only cause some more stress. I am hoping my bumping the humidity and the cleaning of his vent and umbilicus and isolation will be enough for a good nights rest. At least now he is no longer cheeping excessively with the lights out and fan humming :)
on a better note, how long have you owned the breed Andalusian and what made you first start owning chickens? is shows your are from Arkansas. I know the Andalusian has those pretty combs that is good for warmer weather! I have a male Welsummer who's comb and wattles are both at least 3 inches long! I am stocking up on vasoline for this winter lolol. keeping him covered.
I can not even tell you how many hatches I have had now! I am an incubating fool during the spring/summer. We are just now getting cooler weather. By cooler I mean it is 60 degrees outside HAHA! It sounds to me like the chick may have intestines outside of his body. If it is not, corn starch or baking powder will help dry up the blood and form a scab and he should be fine. I hope it is not his intestines because it is a death sentence :( I have had this happen a few times and it is sad.
As for the Andalusians, I got lucky and was able to get some eggs from a local breeder who is all about preserving the heritage chickens. He had a poultry workshop that I was able to go to courteous of my mother-in-law who got me tickets for my b-day. This is my first go around with them. I have wanted a fancy rare breed as a hobby chicken for show and breeding. I am so excited about them. I was able to see the parentage as well and they are beautiful! As soon as I saw them, heard their history and found that they thrive in this climate I knew that was what I wanted. I could have gotten a pair, but I wanted the experience of incubating them and raising from babies myself.
We have had a backyard flock for about 3 years now. Recently we had an awful attack from the neighbors dogs, we quit counting at 35 dead :( We started off owning them for the eggs, then gradually for the meat. I will never buy store bought chicken again.