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Omphalitis: Mortality Rate?

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Turkey eggs that I received from a neighbor were covered in 'yuck' before incubation, but they insisted that I hatch them for them anyways. Four out of six eggs pipped yesterday evening, three hatched on their own in only a few hours, one died in the egg. Unfortunately the survivors have varying degrees of omphalitis. Their abdomen was swollen, purple, and mushy, and they had a small, open wound the size of the head of a pin. I treated them with bacitracin and they scabbed up nicely over night, this afternoon I dabbed some blu-kote on the stumps so they don't pick at each other. They are drinking now, pecking and scratching at things (I haven't fed them quite yet, but let them drink a bit of sav-a-chick electrolyte and probiotic out of a syringe (NOT force-fed, just let them peck at the droplets as they came out). 

So now I have two questions: (1) How long will it be before I will know that they will, in fact, survive? and (2) is there anything else I should do to increase their chances of survival? Keep putting on ointment? Flush with saline? Unfortunately I can't find iodine.

I have seen a lot of graphic pictures on here of omphalitis, and am glad to say it doesn't seem as bad as many of those, but the purple coloration has me worried. Unfortunately I can't really get a picture now because of the blu-kote. *facepalm*

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I have only read about omphalitis, not seen it myself. Most chicks with it die within two weeks. I think I would put down any chicks that look significantly sick. If you do a search at the top of this page, Sally Sunshine has a good article about " Opmphalitis or Mushy Chick Disease."
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They are acting pretty normal, and on one the swelling and umbilicus area is completely healed, so I think that s/he is okay. The other two will be touch-and-go, but they are eating, drinking, and pooping like normal birds. :idunno

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