Baby Chick Hatched with Yolk sack???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Espo82483, May 4, 2011.

  1. Espo82483

    Espo82483 New Egg

    May 4, 2011
    I need some advice three out of four of my chicks hatch and are doing great but one chick hatched with what looks like it's yolk sack still on the outside of it's belly. What should I do??? Any ideas?
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    I've had that happen before.....I would put a paper towel on the incubator floor, lay the baby on it, and if you can, just leave it in the incubator for another day. It will absorb.

    Even better, if your hatching is done, take all the babies out except for that one, and allow it to rest alone, so no other chicks can peck at it.

    I also leave the lights down low, so it will just sleep.......

    It may not move around alot, but that's OK. It will perk up in no time.
  3. bburn

    bburn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2010
    Delaware, Arkansas
    Do some searches on here. A few of mine had 'some' yolk sac when they were born.....I left them in the incubator until it was absorbed.
  4. Espo82483

    Espo82483 New Egg

    May 4, 2011
    Oh good! This is the first time I have hatched eggs and I am doing it with my classroom. The kids were very concerned but I did remove the others and now the chick is by itself resting. I am glad to hear that it still has a chance. Thank you so much!!!
  5. jaimslee4u

    jaimslee4u Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    UPDATE::: Advice needed (from the chick sitter)

    I took our little munchkin home last night in the incubator to monitor more closley. I gently washed up the bum to clean her up. It looks as though the yolk has protracted all the way but there is still something sticking out. Sounds ucky but I think it might actually be the vent, but on the outside. A small whiteish bubble thingy then underneath a fleshy pink/red area.

    She is moving around more although not able to actually get up and walk around. She is picking up her head but still seems very weak and not able to get her feet under her. I will take a pic & post.

    Any ideas?????


    Last edited: May 5, 2011
  6. jaylee

    jaylee Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 31, 2010
    I had a baby hatch with the yolk sack not completely absorbed. I wrapped it lightly in a warm cloth and put it back in the incubator with lights turned low hoping it would sleep and stay quiet until the yolk had an opportunity to absorb. I checked on it later, and the yolk sack was three times bigger. I left if alone, the next time I checked, the yolk sack pulled its intestines out of its body. I wonder if I should have cut the yolk sack off right at the beginning. If it would start eating, maybe it would have had a chance to live.

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