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MAJOR HELP NEEDED! I have a Silkie chick that has a lump on his head and cant stand up!

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I am hatching Silkie chicks and two already hatched perfectly. I also had another chick try to hatch, but when it did not un zip like the last two, super fast! I got worried. I pulled back most of the shell and found that the membrane dried out onto the chick. He is peeping loudly but trying to get out of the egg. Today me and my mother helped him out of the shell but the silkie chick has a large bump on the top of his head, a large stomach and his feet seemed to be inward instead of out. He wont even open his eyes! The chick tries franticly to stand up. It just breaks my heart to see him this way. :hit

 

 

First Picture of chick.

 

 

Hopefully you can see the bump on his head.

 

 

 

 

I have looked up what that bump on his head was and I think it is "Water in the Brain". But he isn't standing and I don't think that he can even lift his head!! Please help!!! :fl 

 

UPDATE: So It has been a hour, his eyes are open and he is trying to walk around but he is stumbling a bit.  But he still has a big bump on his head, is it contagious? PLEASE help!


Edited by SilkieGirl 1 - 7/7/16 at 6:59am
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It has a bump on its head! What The Heck Is A Vaulted Skull? post #46616

It's going to be one of those days.

The voices in my head are fighting again.

My imaginary friend is running with scissors, and one of my personalities wandered off.

 

I don't like to think before I speak. I like to be just as surprised as everyone else about what comes out my mouth.

 

Sometimes even I am afraid of the things my mind comes up with.

 

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It's going to be one of those days.

The voices in my head are fighting again.

My imaginary friend is running with scissors, and one of my personalities wandered off.

 

I don't like to think before I speak. I like to be just as surprised as everyone else about what comes out my mouth.

 

Sometimes even I am afraid of the things my mind comes up with.

 

Incu w/ Friends-helpful notes & links

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post #3 of 15
The lump looks rather like a vaulted skull, which some silkies have. It is a genetic trait that allows for a larger crest.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1046313/incubating-w-friends-come-hatch-learn-chat-meet-new-friends-w-host-sally-sunshine/46610#post_16492842
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It has a bump on its head! What The Heck Is A Vaulted Skull? post #46616
Beat me to it! lol.png
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How is his stomach now?
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Beat me to it! lol.png


Yea but you splained it better.

It's going to be one of those days.

The voices in my head are fighting again.

My imaginary friend is running with scissors, and one of my personalities wandered off.

 

I don't like to think before I speak. I like to be just as surprised as everyone else about what comes out my mouth.

 

Sometimes even I am afraid of the things my mind comes up with.

 

Incu w/ Friends-helpful notes & links

Reply

It's going to be one of those days.

The voices in my head are fighting again.

My imaginary friend is running with scissors, and one of my personalities wandered off.

 

I don't like to think before I speak. I like to be just as surprised as everyone else about what comes out my mouth.

 

Sometimes even I am afraid of the things my mind comes up with.

 

Incu w/ Friends-helpful notes & links

Reply
post #7 of 15

vaulted skulls is a very sought after trait in silkies

i think it is just tired from hatching

Good Luck!!

Chickens (6+ mutts, 2 polish, 2 spitzhauben, and a pair of belgian d'anvers), 3 call duckling boys, 1 Lippitt Morgan mare, 1 bird hungry German Shepherd, 1 Daughter, and a very suspicious husband... 

and a bear that is hiding at the moment

 

My Incubator Build 

Incu Notes click HERE 

HALLOWEEN Hatch-a-Long 2016 

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Chickens (6+ mutts, 2 polish, 2 spitzhauben, and a pair of belgian d'anvers), 3 call duckling boys, 1 Lippitt Morgan mare, 1 bird hungry German Shepherd, 1 Daughter, and a very suspicious husband... 

and a bear that is hiding at the moment

 

My Incubator Build 

Incu Notes click HERE 

HALLOWEEN Hatch-a-Long 2016 

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post #8 of 15
I agree with a vaulted skull. It can look quite alarming if it's not what you are expecting to see. When my first ever polish chick hatched I was horrified to see what it looked like but it's all quite normal for vaulted skull breeds.
A > Vaulted skull.
B > Non vaulted skull.



The navel can look a little swollen after hatch as the chick has just absorbed the yolk into there. As long as the umbilical area is clean looking it should be fine.
Bumbling around the incubator and not been able to walk is totally normal for post hatch. They are worn out from hatching so lots of sleeping and short bursts of movement can be expected. It takes a while for them to uncurl so to speak from the position they were in inside the egg.

Good luck with your chicks big_smile.png
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How is his stomach now?

He is a lot better! He is walking around and sleeping! Thank you so much! I was super worried!
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Thanks everyone! I was so worried, now I am ok! The chick is doing good, he has his eyes open and is walking around!
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