clipped chip off chick? bad?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kefiren, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. kefiren

    kefiren Songster

    i have 3-day-old chicks and one suddenly looked like pasty butt had arrived.

    when i started unpasting, i realized that the chick had a shell chip just below the vent.

    i soaked and soaked and that thing was just not coming off.

    i began to panic that chick was starting to get really cold.

    so i clipped the shell off as far away from the body as i could.

    stuck the chick back under the brooder.

    then i panicked and wondered if this was a horrible idea.

  2. my sunwolf

    my sunwolf Songster

    Apr 22, 2012
    Southwest Virginia
    My Coop
    Is the chick actively bleeding? If so, maybe take it out and dry it off and wait until the bleeding stops to put it back in the brooder. Otherwise, I wouldn't worry too much! It will probably be okay in a few days.
  3. kefiren

    kefiren Songster

    thank you for your reply, mysunwolf. it seems the chick is getting along fine, though the other chicks are curious about why she is wet, they aren't bothering her too much. i just gave them all a nice treat to distract them. i will pick her up in a few hours and see how her butt looks. i feel dumb for not examining her more closely, poor thing's been very uncomfortable!

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