Originally Posted by Skink
Hey @Kassaundra I know you had problems with Rudy when he hatched, so I was wondering if you could give me a little advice on the scaleless I just hatched! They took forever, had to do an artificial external pip for them, then I decided to assist once I saw the membrane changing to an alarming color. Membrane didn't bleed at all and I'm experienced with assist hatching, but they still came out with an unclosed navel. Very little bleeding thank goodness! I did see some yolky substance in the egg, so worried about possible rupture that I can't see. I put polysporin on the opening and put them in a small cup to cradle them like the egg. They seem weak but they are alive at all! I guess the ideal course of action is to keep them inactive, warm and clean until the opening closes? I feel like I must be missing something.
Rudy's hernia was significant and had to be bandaged w/ "over alls" I made out of vet wrap, so it would stick to itself enough to hold shape, but not stick to the fragile skin of a newly hatched chick. I have noticed smaller ones will dry, heal and reabsorb on their own, unless they start bleeding from them before they dry (they the "hernia")
I have also dusted w/ a little corn starch to speed up the drying. (flour might work, but I don't ever have flour in the house since I'm allergic)
Edited by Kassaundra - 5/15/16 at 6:40am