Chick Hernia?

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  1. gcbsmommy

    gcbsmommy Out Of The Brooder

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    We received a batch of chicks last night from Murray McMurray. They settled in nicely for the night and this morning my daughter and I checked on them including a check for pasting. One of them seemed to have it and a few swipes did not remove the "paste" so I took the chick inside and tried to loosen it with a bit more warm water.

    On closer inspection the "vent" (?) area seemed clear and this "paste" actually seems to be some kind of hernia. Has anyone ever heard of this? I am going to attempt to attach a picture and appreciate any help you can offer.

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    If it is protruding intestines/hernia, what should I do?
    Thanks!

    Kristina
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    To me, it looks like a bad case of pasty butt. Sometimes the vent will look a little swollen (and bleed if feathers or skin are pulled) if it gets blocked up real bad. I would just keep her bottom clean, and probably smear some olive oil around her vent area so the poo doesn't stick again.
    Good luck with your chicky!
     
  3. subhanalah

    subhanalah Overrun With Chickens

    do you have any aloe Vera gel? Like for sunburns? That will help relieve some of the inflammation.
    If not warm water to remove any filth and you can use olive oil or newsprint on it. Poor little thing. I can't see the picture very well, but your description is of a prolapse, something to lubricate and protect the tissues is really all you can do other than keeping the area clean.

    Also, I'm not sure if this would irritate the sore area, but adding a bit of apple cider vinegar to their water can help prevent any others from developing pasty butt
     
  4. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you determined that it is not pasty butt,check umbilical area in the event that the umbilical cord(often is still attached and should never be pulled/removed)has been pulled resulting in an infection.
     
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  5. gcbsmommy

    gcbsmommy Out Of The Brooder

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    This protrusion isn't at the vent. The vent looks clear - that is why I don't see how it can be pasting. It looks like something protruding out of the abdomen and when I gently pull on it, the "brown" transitions to pink skin pulling from the body- I do think it might be an umbilical hernia as the tip of it looks like a dried up black string (umbilical chord?) to me. I will put some gel on it but I wonder if this could possibly heal itself? I would think the little girl is doomed eventually?

    I do put raw ACV in the water! Last year, we had 27 chicks and didn't lose one of them and had very little to no problems with pasting.

    Thanks so much for the feedback. If anyone has additional thoughts, I would hearing them.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    You might want to post this in the emergencies forum.

    It does indeed sound and look like hernia, but I'm not sure what to tell you to do about it.
    Just hatched they can close up, but at a day or more old just don't know, sorry.
     
  7. subhanalah

    subhanalah Overrun With Chickens

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  8. ten chicks

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    First do not pull area,apply an antibiotic ointment(nothing ending in "cane/caine" toxic to chickens)because she is a very young chick this might heal up on its own,but the biggest challenge is going to be infection. Make sure she is eating/drinking.
     
  9. oegbantamsftw

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    Just keep her fed and hydrated no antibiotic more of a development issue dont leave the chick with the others they'll star pecking at the area. I hope the little peep doesn't get affected by majorly and cant still defecate its not like you could do surgery on the peep or more important afford surgery like taking her to the Vet.
     
  10. subhanalah

    subhanalah Overrun With Chickens

    I agree. Keep it packed with neosporin or triple antibiotic ointment.you want to keep it moist so it can grow back together. (Moist with the antibiotic ointment, not with water)
     

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