3 day old chick with swollen belly


6 Years
Dec 27, 2013
On Aug 2 1 chick of 2 hatched. The humidity was off in my incubator. It is a NN so it skin is very thin to begin with but I could see thru it. Its umbilical cord was still partially attached and its belly was very swollen. Then I noticed the splayed leg. This poor chick was all alone and chirping all the time. I made a brace for the legs and its getting around better. Tho still not stable due to the swollen belly. I thought the chirping was due to being along so I bought a 3 day old chick today to keep it company. No change is the chirping.
I have been hand feeding it just to make sure it is eating. And I have been dipping its beak in water. I am just worried about the swollen belly. 1st pic is just after hatch 2nd pic 5 hours later and 3rd pic is 2 days old. Thanks for any advice you have to offer!



Aug 5, 2016
Hi, it looks like it could be peritonitis. The chick didn't absorb the yolk fully, it then becomes infected. I had one that had it and it did not survive.

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