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Chicks yolk not fully absorbed!

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I have a BO chick that had pipped the wrong end of the egg and I left s/he for 24 hours to see if it could zip itself out. It couldn't and the beak and the egg shell around it was also very dry so I dampened it and removed some of the shell (none of the shell skin underneath) and it hatched but some of the yolk was still not absorbed! Is there anything I can do to help it? I have gave it some sugar water and it's still in the incubator! The yolk sac is about the size of a pea but there looks to be a few veins in it still.
Thanks in advance
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It most likely will finish absorbing on its own or just dry up and fall off. I probably wouldn't worry too much. I had the exact same thing happen to me about three days ago. Chick pipped wrong and I did exactly what you did and it also hadnt absorbed all its yolk, but it was about the size of a quarter and ended up bursting! I tied it off with some string and cut off the excess. It seemed a little sleepier than the rest for the first two days but today has gained more energy!
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It most likely will finish absorbing on its own or just dry up and fall off. I probably wouldn't worry too much. I had the exact same thing happen to me about three days ago. Chick pipped wrong and I did exactly what you did and it also hadnt absorbed all its yolk, but it was about the size of a quarter and ended up bursting! I tied it off with some string and cut off the excess. It seemed a little sleepier than the rest for the first two days but today has gained more energy!
Thankyou for your advice! I was so worried and didn't know what to do to help her! Hopefully it'll dry off! It's looking a bit better now after a few hours!
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How is she doing today?
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I have a BO chick that had pipped the wrong end of the egg and I left s/he for 24 hours to see if it could zip itself out. It couldn't and the beak and the egg shell around it was also very dry so I dampened it and removed some of the shell (none of the shell skin underneath) and it hatched but some of the yolk was still not absorbed! Is there anything I can do to help it? I have gave it some sugar water and it's still in the incubator! The yolk sac is about the size of a pea but there looks to be a few veins in it still.
Thanks in advance

If it's that small it has excellent chances of absorbing it. If you have a chick born w/unabsorbed yolk, the important thing is to keep it from rupturing the yolk.  A small amount is not bad, but if you have a good amount of yolk left and it ruptures it lessens the chances of survival greatly.  The best thing you can do when you have unabsorbed yolk is get a damp paper towel and put it in the bottom of a coffee cup (or deep container) and set the chick in there. The less movement the chick is making the less chance it will rupture it and the higher chance it will absorb it.  If your bator is big enough you can pop the cup back in the bator or put it in the brooder under the brooder light.

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She looks much better today! The yolk sac is completely absorbed but there is still a bit of blood that hasn't completely been absorbed from the sac, should I tie this or will it just fall off on its own? Also she's not drying very quick in the incubator as the other chicks did, is this because of having the yolk not properly absorbed? Thankyou for you replies they're so helpful😀
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She looks much better today! The yolk sac is completely absorbed but there is still a bit of blood that hasn't completely been absorbed from the sac, should I tie this or will it just fall off on its own? Also she's not drying very quick in the incubator as the other chicks did, is this because of having the yolk not properly absorbed? Thankyou for you replies they're so helpful😀

The chick could have been "sticky" and just not fluffed up like the others. The leftover membrane stuff should dry up and fall off. My unabsorbed yolk chick's did. Took like 2-3 days but it fell right off.

Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

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Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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Yeah she is a bit sticky, she's started to fluff a little bit, the membrane looks a lot smaller today so hoping it falls off as yours did
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