Okay, i have some questions for the seasoned professionals. This hatch (my second attempt, first one produced nothing) threw me for a loop. i had one huge silkie born with what looked like intestines pulled out. Ran it to the vet, they said there was nothing they could do, so had it put to sleep. Subsequently, two more little ones were born with something trailing from their bottoms that looked like intestines pulled out. i snipped it to prevent further pull out. Honestly thought they were both goners, but they both fluffed up and filled out and seem to be doing fine. Was going to take them to the vet today to see if i had snipped and closed off their anus. But when i checked all the chicks, i got a good look at where the vent is, right under the tail, as it sort of pulsates when they breath. Then below that is the spot where i had snipped two chicks, and they, and others, had little hard spots there, like something healing. Is that the umbilical cord spot? That is different from where they absorb the yolk sack, because one little guy was born with a yolk sac that fell out, and then i saw his abdomen leaking some yolk material. But that sealed up and he's eating and doing fine now. Does anyone have any idea of what that spot is below the vent? i'm so confused. Luckily, i have six healthy baby chicks. Group picture below. Sorry it's blurry - it's hard to keep them still.