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My chicks are currently hatching (under broody hen) and unfortunately my son (4.5 years) thought he would "help" one of them out of the egg. It was only just starting to breakout (maybe quarter of the way around) when my son cracked open the egg. The chick slid out and immediately started bleeding from its vent/umbilical area. It was clear it hadn't absorbed all of the yolk. We placed it carefully back into the nest (while I frantically hunted for clues on what to do online) and as the umbilical cord was still partly attached I positioned it's bum in the egg so it didn't get further damaged or torn. Help!!! Thanks, Joyanna
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My chicks are currently hatching (under broody hen) and unfortunately my son (4.5 years) thought he would "help" one of them out of the egg. It was only just starting to breakout (maybe quarter of the way around) when my son cracked open the egg. The chick slid out and immediately started bleeding from its vent/umbilical area. It was clear it hadn't absorbed all of the yolk. We placed it carefully back into the nest (while I frantically hunted for clues on what to do online) and as the umbilical cord was still partly attached I positioned it's bum in the egg so it didn't get further damaged or torn. Help!!! Thanks, Joyanna

By now the chick has either gotten better or died.  Unfortunately accidents happen.  About the only thing I know to do in such a case is to cleanse the damaged area and keep the environment as sterile as possible.

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