Chick just born with swollen belly!! HELP!

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  1. toby37

    toby37 New Egg

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    Help!!! I need advice??? Should I be worried? What should I do? My chick was born about 2 hours ago and is still struggling and it keeps going very weak! What could this be?
    Thankyou!!!!!
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Prior to hatch they absorb their yolk sac through that umbilical area so sometimes it can look a little swollen. The umbilical area does look a little open still so I would pop a bit of antibiotic cream on and get it back into the incubator to dry off and fluff up. At 2 hours old the chick will still be extremely tired from hatch and not able to walk quite right. They tend to bumble around for quite a while untill they have rested and learnt to walk. What you have described sounds completely normal for a post hatch chick.

    Good luck with your chick, it sure is cute :love
     
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  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! Ditto what Yorkshire Coop said above. The chick will be fine in a few hours, just watch that navel area.
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Aww....poor baby. I do agree with the above posters. Also, keep the baby a bit warmer than the others for the next day. A few degrees warmer than the others can make a world of difference in the time it takes to heal.

    Good luck with your babies and I hope this little one makes a full recovery!! [​IMG]
     
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  5. Jucodeo

    Jucodeo The Sky is Falling!

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    [​IMG] Definitely listen to this advice very helpful and informational!
     
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
    CT
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  9. toby37

    toby37 New Egg

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    Thankyou so much everyone!!!!!
    All of your advice helped a lot and put me at ease!! The chick is doing very well now thanks and is finding its feet, also is getting stronger!! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     

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