What is an infected yolk sac?
You might be wondering what an infected yolk sac is? Well it happens when a chick hatches too early. It might not have fully absorbed, it’s yolk sac which is it’s food inside the egg. Before it hatches. This is why you almost never, want to do an assisted hatch.
Identifying an infected yolk sac
First, you will want to identify if your chick has an infected yolk sac. It will most likely look like a swollen abnormal large bottom. And it usually it has, a blood clot on the end of it. If you still aren’t completely sure, your chick has an infected yolk sac compare it to the pictures on this article.
Note: Infected yolk sacs, can look better or possibly even worse than the pictures shown.
What can I do?
Now that you have identified, if your chick has an infected yolk sac. You’ll probably want to try and save it, before you cull it. Follow these instructions.
1. Get out some sort of tall and slim container, yogurt containers work best.
2. Pick up your chick, and place it inside the container the yolk sac facing down. Make sure your chick can’t flop over, or it isnt to tight.
Now your chick, should start to absorb its yolk sac on its own. It should only take a day or two. Then you can take it out, and move it into the brooder (if it’s moving and looks healthy). If after three to four days it still doesn’t look good you may want to consider culling it.