Unabsorbed yolk sac? Hernia? Please help???
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So I have located an incubator and have put the remaining 3 eggs in there. I don't know if this was a good thing or not but I didn't want to risk the same thing happening a third time.
I strongly recommend getting the chick on antibiotics asap. Your chick is ripe for a bad case of omphalitis (infected naval) as it has both an un-closed naval and an unabsorbed yolk sac that was ruptured. All this has allowed bacteria to enter into the chicks abdominal cavity where it is warm and fed by the remainder of the yolk. Gross infection is close at hand. You'll recognize it by a puffy, squishy belly, often squishy legs (termed squishy chick syndrome). It is the number one killer of newly hatched chicks and almost always ensues with open naval cases.
I would not try to remove the yolk sac but allow it to continue to dry and drop off.
It is a good sign that the chick is up and running around. Place Chick Saver in its water as well as a broad spectrum antibiotic like Duramycin-10 (tetracycline) or Tylan (oxtetracycline). You can get those at the feed store.
You should keep the chick separate in a brooder on antibiotics for 10 days, then reassess.
I'd also have it on medicated chick start as its lowered immune system will likely be vulnerable to coccidia overgrowth as well (another "blessing" in dirty situations aided by heated brooders).
Good luck with the little one. It sounds like it is hardy having survived thus far and running around.
And since you have children and are using this as a learning experience, I'll link my favorite video and 4H worksheets to show exactly what happens in embryo growth and hatch (and you'll see what should have happened with that egg sac).
Embryo Growth to hatch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PedajVADLGw
I like to keep some on hand because it is always an emergency when you need it.
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It is a good sign the chick is running around, but caution is still warranted. I personally have never had open naval that did not end in infection.
Watch your brooding hen. By day 3 she should be up taking care of all hatched chicks. The risk is she will sit with unhatched chicks ignoring her older babies' needs or abandon the nest to start taking the older chicks out giving them scratching lessons and the like.
If you are really lucky and food and water is close for the babies, she might be able to sit the last eggs out.
This is why eggs should be set at the same time. Nature allows a 2 day stagger, but beyond that someone usually suffers.
Hopefully all works out well.
Update on the chick, the vet was putting some antibiotic on the bus to reach me today but it's too late she seemed fine last night before I went to bed but when I checked on her this morning she had died through the night 😪 Thanks for the info guys. I will be more prepared for next time now.
Bummer. Sorry to hear of the loss. Yes, that's how fast omphalitis works...all that deadly microbe brewing in the gut.
If you have an incidence like this again, remove immediately and isolate in a brooder with immediate application of antibiotics, eye droppered if need be.
I've saved several that way. It is important to keep them on the antibiotics for 10 days, then they are usually just fine. I at that time give them a good round of probiotics and keep them on medicated chick feed as I know their immune has been compromised already.
Better luck next time with your hatches. At least you got one healthy baby.
Broodies work well, but you do have to plan for them and work at ideal set up to get great hatches. (At least I do...there are those on BYC who just have hens sit wherever, whenever, and it comes out fine...but that's not been my experience. I have a dedicated brooding hutch and run and separate and isolate a hen so she can tend to her business without interruption. Set all eggs at the same time. Check at day 3 and 10, removing any bad (no development). With a good hen, I've had good hatches. Finding a good broody is worth its weight in gold. Your gal would have had a better chance with eggs set at the same time. Staggered hatches rarely come out well.)
Edited by Lady of McCamley - 4/11/16 at 9:47pm