I need some advice three out of four of my chicks hatch and are doing great but one chick hatched with what looks like it's yolk sack still on the outside of it's belly. What should I do??? Any ideas?
Baby Chick Hatched with Yolk sack???
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I've had that happen before.....I would put a paper towel on the incubator floor, lay the baby on it, and if you can, just leave it in the incubator for another day. It will absorb.
Even better, if your hatching is done, take all the babies out except for that one, and allow it to rest alone, so no other chicks can peck at it.
I also leave the lights down low, so it will just sleep.......
It may not move around alot, but that's OK. It will perk up in no time.
UPDATE::: Advice needed (from the chick sitter)
I took our little munchkin home last night in the incubator to monitor more closley. I gently washed up the bum to clean her up. It looks as though the yolk has protracted all the way but there is still something sticking out. Sounds ucky but I think it might actually be the vent, but on the outside. A small whiteish bubble thingy then underneath a fleshy pink/red area.
She is moving around more although not able to actually get up and walk around. She is picking up her head but still seems very weak and not able to get her feet under her. I will take a pic & post.
Edited by jaimslee4u - 5/5/11 at 3:50am
I had a baby hatch with the yolk sack not completely absorbed. I wrapped it lightly in a warm cloth and put it back in the incubator with lights turned low hoping it would sleep and stay quiet until the yolk had an opportunity to absorb. I checked on it later, and the yolk sack was three times bigger. I left if alone, the next time I checked, the yolk sack pulled its intestines out of its body. I wonder if I should have cut the yolk sack off right at the beginning. If it would start eating, maybe it would have had a chance to live.