Originally Posted by abbydj
Update: the first peafowl to hatch is doing really well. The second peafowl came out if their shell and was rolling around in the incubator...it looks like it has a swollen stomach or the yolk didn't get sucked into it's stomach...is that a mushy peachick? It does seems to leak out a small amount of yolk. Is there a way to help this?
Originally Posted by DylansMom
I have never had one with the yolk not absorbed, but I did a quick search and it looks like it will most likely finish aborbing it. Try to limit it's movement so it doesn't rupture the sac. I would put a dab of triple antibiotic ointment on it, not the kind with pain reliever though.
I've had a few this year with really big bellies and varying degrees of leftover yolk and even not quite closed navels -- probably relates to some temperature issue in my equipment and turned up more in the chicks that were hatching early. I still suspect infection/contamination as a contributing factor in some of them -- it seems to happen less when I am really stringent on the hygiene and how I handle the eggs.
@DylansMom is right, it should still be okay -- all of mine pulled through except one. I have started using EnteDerm on the extra big bellied ones, and I think it is helping. I gently rub it all over the belly as well as the navel. It's a prescription-only ointment that I had left over from treating the dog (post-surgical), and I am going to ask my vet to send me some more for peachicks. The EnteDerm also has some steroid in it. Triple antibiotic ointment should also work.
In mine, that opening sealed up (sometimes with leftover yolk) and the chicks gradually did better. One of them splayed, perhaps due to the size of the belly. Leaving them in the hatcher with temps still fairly high, rather than transferring to the brooder also gave them more time to come around. Not having friends (other, more mobile chicks) gave them time to heal and develop.
Good luck, and keep us posted! Pictures are great, we pictures, especially chick pix!