Baby chick with hernia, what should I do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ging3rhoffman, May 27, 2009.

  1. ging3rhoffman

    ging3rhoffman Songster

    Feb 23, 2009
    I just got my chicks in the brooder and i thought one had a pasty bum and i set its little bum in warm water and it just relaxed in that warm water...well when i tried to rub it off it didnt come off, so i took a closer look and it has a hernia the size of my pinky finger! Its keeps peeping loudly now that i disturbed it...what should i do? It is a little delaware on indian river chick. It is one of the meat roos.
  2. Zarabelpoppy

    Zarabelpoppy Hatching

    Jun 17, 2009

    I have an Orpington chick, just one-day old with the same thing and I have no idea what to do. What was the outcome with your chick? Any advice?
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    If any intestines have come out, take iodine on a Q tip and gently massage it back in.Either way rub iodine on the open part and cover with a band-aid, the little circle ones work great.
  4. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Songster

    May 15, 2009
    Sorry I have to disagree on iodine on a mucous membrane. I would try Preparation H. It's not just for hemmoroids. It shrinks inflammed tissue. Thats why models use it under their puffy eyes after a big night out. If you put a bandaid how is the chick going to poop? I'm really sorry but I don't think the little guy/girl will make it. The intestine gets twisted or infected.
  5. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

    Apr 1, 2008
    Has any one actually tried this? What happened to the chick. We have a beautiful healthy chick that has this, too. Hurts him to touch it.
  6. gcbsmommy

    gcbsmommy In the Brooder

    Feb 12, 2013
    I would love to hear what happened to any of these chicks as I have one in this condition now.

  7. romdeussen

    romdeussen Hatching

    May 12, 2013
    My mama hen has her first successful brood--two hatched so she abandoned the nest. The nest had 10 eggs in it--two are peeping, eight were non viable. HOWEVER, we thought there was a dead chick--it's alive. We scooped it up and its head flew up and peeped..we nearly fell over.

    She's now 2 days in our care and this morning had a hernia about 1/4 an inch out. She will not stand, she's very weak, and when I try to dropper feed her, she throws her head back and opens her beak, almost as if she wants more, but then when I come near clamps it shut. I've been watching if she poops, but I was at work and she was in with the other chicks who are a week old (kept her calmer--she just huddled in their house and seemed MUCH less stressed than when she was alone--when we left her alone we'd find her on top of the eggs with her wings over them as if hugging them), so unsure what happened then, but she hasn't since i got home three hours ago.

    I've been at work for 8 hours, and came home to her still alive, nothing changed. She scoots around, won't stand but if I hold her up her legs come down like they normally would. Turn her on her side and she goes totally limp and you'd think she was dead. Turn her upright and she cheeps and looks at you like 'Whew! that was close."


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