absorbing yolk question


10 Years
Sep 9, 2009
Lake Butler (Union County)
How long does it take for a chick to absorb all the yolk after hatching? LC has hatched completely at 10 this morning. It's now 12:31 and she is still laying down at the bottom of the bator wet and the yolk not absorbed yet. I see less yolk though. Just curious on this matter. Basically question is: how long does it take them to absorb the yolk and become Fuzzy Butts? (the term you all use for chicks).

Another egg is zipping! The one with the beak sticking out is doing nothing so far.
Chicks absorb the yolk whilst INSIDE the egg. give it some time, but unfortunately im not sure what to do.
It is the struggling inside the egg that causes the chick to absorb the yolk. If the chick is outside the egg and has not absorbed the yolk completely it is one of two things. If the protrusion is small (about the size of a pea) then the chick may either absorb the rest or it may dry up and fall off in a few days, or if the protrusion is large (the size of a marble) it will probably hang on for a few hours and then pass away. we have had both and the ones with the larger protrusions have NEVER survived. All of the ones with a small protrusion have lived normal healthy lives with no side effects, just let them have some isolated rest so that the others will not pick at them. if the chick had the larger problem it will sometimes burst and begin to leak, if this happens we remove the chick and do the deed (cull) so that they will not contaminate the bator with bacteria. If you could post a picture we may be able to give you more solid advice. Good luck,

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