2 umbilical cords

Sandfly45

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This is the "last to hatch" chick in my latest batch. He wasn't progressing very well so I've helped him a little. I've noticed he has 2 umbilical cords attached to his (one) belly button. Is this normal?
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FoodFreedomNow

Crowing
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Yes, that looks normal. 🙂 Is the chick still connected? It should dry up and disconnect, but sometimes I very carefully snip those connections with disinfected scissors to ensure that the shell can't pull anything back out of the chick's navel (like if the chick gets the shell hung up on something and pulls).

If the navel isn't completely closed, a dab of pain reliever-free antibiotic ointment on it may help.

Congratulations on your hatchlings!
 

Sydney65

Crowing
Aug 2, 2019
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Yes, that looks normal. 🙂 Is the chick still connected? It should dry up and disconnect, but sometimes I very carefully snip those connections with disinfected scissors to ensure that the shell can't pull anything back out of the chick's navel (like if the chick gets the shell hung up on something and pulls).

If the navel isn't completely closed, a dab of pain reliever-free antibiotic ointment on it may help.

Congratulations on your hatchlings!
Good info to know. I had one I had to assist once that was still attached, so I set it back to rest. It's wiggling around detached it, but died right after. I didn't see anything pulled out, but perhaps pulled enough to cause internal damage? There was some blood, not a lot.
 

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