can a chick live without its yolk sac?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fowlwoman1, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. fowlwoman1

    fowlwoman1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    Wenatchee, WA
    I was just wondering this, since I had a bad hatch and one of them totally lost his yolk sac. He was 9 days old today when he died of apparently an infection in his abdomen.
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    If the yolk sac wasn't absorbed but instead was severed or tore off before it could be completely absorbed, it would probably have left an opening (like a wound) for bacteria to enter that would cause infection and death.

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