#2 Hatched-- this doesn't look right........

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Momma_Cluck, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well- our 2nd egg hatched today (Silkie eggs incubated by a surrogate OE Banty Mom in the house) but she just doesn't seem "right"...

    It's been a couple hours since she hatched, and she's staying all curled up in the fetal position, and where the yolk-sack is still partially attached to her is a gap in the skin...

    I can't tell if the "stuff" slightly poking out is umbilical tissue, flesh, or worse...innards??? It isn't like- Hanging out-- but a bit is there, it isn't the cord, and the size of the area is way bigger than a normal umbilicus.

    We've only hatched 2 eggs ever-- so I didn't know-- is this something to worry about??
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It's called a rough navel. Most of those will dry up and shrink closed. If the intestines are in a sack outside the body, there's nothing you can do but cull, but yours sounds like a rough navel.
     
  3. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whew! Thank You SO much!
    No intestines (thank goodness!)-- I got a closer look-- seems like a bit of fatty tissue...

    her poor tummy seems distended there ... tho may be my imagination since she's not "fluffy" yet....

    Thanks again!
     
  4. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

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    That happens often to mine and it usually dries up and they are ok. Sometimes though the chick will not dry and get fluffy. I believe this is called "mushy chick" and I usually cull those to put them out of their misery. Give yours some time before you react and chances are it'll be ok. [​IMG]
     
  5. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    I had one chick hatch in the bator with slightly "more than rough" navel. I wrapped it up in some saran wrap, left its head out and about six hours later it started cheeping and it had closed up its belly and and was still weak. I left it in the bator until this morning and it is waddlling around sorta. Two other chicks that hatched 36 hours earlier are way too strong for it and I have those two hooligans sectioned off so the rest of the batch can have a nice first day wthout having their toes nibbled to death and their eyes poked out every time they try to look around. One egg in the batch had a HUGE air cell and no movement and no cheeping. The air cell was more than half the egg. I opened it and the chick was alive, but the entire yolk was outside and it was under developed. It must have been in a cold spot in the bator I guess. I culled it.
     
  6. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We put her back under the Banty "Mom" with her "Sister"... she's still a little wobbly and weak, but moving a lot and chirping.
    Now if "Momma teaches them to drink/eat, I'm good to go!

    One more egg "in waiting"...giving her a few more days.....
     

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