Deformed chick...Help!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by rodandbrandy, May 19, 2009.

  1. rodandbrandy

    rodandbrandy Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 14, 2008
    So my son's class hatched eggs and 1 was born with some intestines on the outside of it's body and another looks like it may have some kind of umbilical hernia (that is bleeding a bit), is there anything I can do or just wait for nature to take it's course?
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    If there are truly intestines hanging out you can do it a favor and put it out of its misery. If it's just umbilical tissue it should heal up in a couple days.
  3. rodandbrandy

    rodandbrandy Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 14, 2008
    I figured that would be what we would have to do [​IMG][​IMG] Do you know why this happens? Is it bad eggs, bad incubator or just bad luck?
  4. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    Depends on the age & maturity of the class. A high school class might benefit from a lesson on the realities of life & nature, a pre-school class probably would not. Did they get any healthy chicks to hatch? Those should be left with the class, for the kids to watch them grow. Those unhealthy chicks should at least be kept separate, at least for the chicks' benefit, to have some quiet & freedom from stress.

    I don't know if the bleeding one will make it, the one with its intestines outside most likely will not. Someone will have to cull one or both, to end the chicks' suffering. It's always a shame, when they make it through incubation & get themselves to hatch, only to have these impairments. You could wrap the chick in a paper towel and cut its head off with a sharp pair of scissors. I find it easier to do that with the chick wrapped, it's so heartbreaking to view.

    I'm sorry for your son & his classmates, this is not the happy ending anyone wanted for their long project. At least it should help them appreciate the real miracle of all the healthy chicks that did hatch. Maybe it would help them to bury the chicks under a favorite bush, to give their matter to the growth of something else.
  5. adrian

    adrian Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    Regina, SK
    God, I would never be able to cull a baby like that...
    An injection would be so much more pleasant... Or if they could just breathe in some gas that knocked them out... [​IMG] I guess the world isn't always an easy place.

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