Chick Born with No Vent! What DO I do.

canada-goose

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That sounds bad. I'm no expert but I think you might have to cull it.
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Cloverleaf Farm

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Yes. PLEASE end it's suffering right away! (I have found that a sharp pair of shears is the fastest, kindest way for the chicky, cover everything with a paper towel so you don't have to see it and it'll be easier for you too).
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Opa

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No vent? I'm sure it will die and culling it would be the kindest thing. If it should happen to live can you imagine how mean it would be?
 

Cloverleaf Farm

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I certainly wouldn't want to go that way. Just because they don't sqwuak and carry on doesn't mean it's a pleasant way to go... JMO
 

silkiechicken

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Double check to see if there is no vent. The large belly with what would be holding in an asorbed yolk should have a "sealed up" naval spot. The vent should be just under the tail.
 

Soccer Mom

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I'm so sorry.
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What a terrible thing. Yes, cull immediately. It can't survive and and will only suffer. I favor the kitchen shears. It's a very quick and merciful end.
 

KKatknap

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I second this - be absolutely certain of what you are seeing before you cull. Can you show a pic?

ETA - If you do a search for baking soda & vinegar, this is a humane way to do this without having to go through the kitchen shears thing. The shears are also quick (if they're very sharp), but I personally don't think I could do it. I have done the baking soda thing.
 
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carriehelene

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Please listen to Silkiechicken, I've had a large-bellied chick before, sometimes they absorb a huge yolk, giving them a huge belly, to large to walk. Once the yolk is digested, the belly gets alot smaller. If you can, please post a picture of where the vent is/should be.
 

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