Baby chick with hole near butt with thread coming out

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by janna cochrane, Feb 4, 2015.

  1. janna cochrane

    janna cochrane New Egg

    2
    0
    9
    Feb 4, 2015
    [​IMG]Hello, I'm trying to help my sisters baby chick who is only a day old. It has what appears to be a small incision/slit toward the abdomen near it's butt. It appears to have a thread coming out of it. Does anyone know hat is happening here? It is very unwell, struggling to swallow.
    Any help would be appreciated :(
     
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2015
  2. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

    30,709
    15,542
    676
    Nov 30, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    That is where the chick was attached to the albumen... kinda their version of our umbilical cords... is it dry or bloody? Is it long enough for it to trip on or get caught on things?
     
    1 person likes this.
  3. janna cochrane

    janna cochrane New Egg

    2
    0
    9
    Feb 4, 2015
    Oh wow, thank you so much, that is a relief, so this is not the cause of it's unwell ness then. We are feeding it water drops off the finger and some bits of scrambled egg. It does eat, but struggles to swallow.
    It's very wobbly , do you have any other tips which would be helpful?
     
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2015
  4. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

    30,709
    15,542
    676
    Nov 30, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    As long as that spot isn't bloody or inflamed, no... just don't pull on it, trim if it's too long... don't worry about food so much as water for the first couple days... or try some plain yogurt... at 1 day, water is most critical... vitamin drops without Iron in the water would help, or if you can get to a feed store Nutri-drench vitamins and SaveAChick and Probiotic powder mixed in water... plain yogurt will work in a pinch... biggest thing is to keep it warm and drinking fluids... hope this helps...
     
  5. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

    30,709
    15,542
    676
    Nov 30, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    Oh, and the first day they are all very wobbly... should get it's balance better after first 24hrs... and will sleep a LOT... and they sleep like they're dead, lol... they will fall flat out and sprawled but that is normal... breaking out of that shell is long hard work and takes a lot outta them, give it time to recover, they're just like newborn babies...
     
    1 person likes this.
  6. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    10,452
    297
    298
    May 24, 2014
    BYC? Epic <3
    My Coop
    [​IMG][​IMG]

    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

    Hope you have loads of fun and all your answers answered here on BYC the BEST CHICKEN KEEPING FORUM on EARTH!!

    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    32,022
    4,712
    581
    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    RavynFallen has given you some excellent advise. Keep this little one separate and make sure she stays hydrated. Yogurt is an excellent food to offer her. Even some warmed chopped hard boiled egg will help if she is hungry. In a couple days the umbilical cord will dry up and fall off on it's own.

    Good luck with the little baby and welcome to our flock!
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    36,684
    4,699
    566
    Feb 18, 2011
    Ohio
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Good luck with the chick!
     
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    20,569
    1,159
    391
    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.

    You've received some good advice already. Good luck with the chick![​IMG]
     
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    28,339
    4,264
    516
    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I absolutely love your avatar!!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by