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Egg Yolk not Fully Absorbed on Hatched Chick

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by starlingdaly, May 4, 2013.

  1. starlingdaly

    starlingdaly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our first chick just finished hatching (after a 24 hour sleep after pipping). I am noticing a bit of yellow on her back end (not very large, about the size of a small shell-less pistachio)
    She is going to be a special chicken, I can tell already, as she has tried getting back in the egg shell after fully freeing herself and has propelled herself around the incubator with her front end back in the shell.
    I was wondering if there's any precautions I should take? Should I isolate this chick from the rest when she's dry or will it likely be absorbed by the time the rest hatch and dry?

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  2. loveourbirds

    loveourbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when I have this happen I usually separate the chick for a day or two and let it absorb the sack. about 90% heal fine and go on to be normal. let it stay in the incubator until it absorbs it.
     
  3. sumi

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    What you can do is wrap her, with her behind still in the shell, in a clean damp cloth and leave her in the incubator for a few hours. Just make sure the cloth stays damp so the yolk doesn't dry out too much before she's finished absorbing it. Good luck!
     
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  4. loveourbirds

    loveourbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ive never tried this, but it sounds like good advice. I would make sure the cloth is as close to hatch temp as you can get it.
     
  5. starlingdaly

    starlingdaly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much everyone. I went to bed last night with four stumbling chicks hatched and when I woke up, the egg yolk must've finished absorbing? Because it is gone now. Everyone seems to be healthy and right on schedule! 10/14 hatched with two for sure pipped. Can't see two eggs very well.
    They are bantam eggs and today is only the 20th day. :)
     
  6. sumi

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    That's good! Excellent hatch rate too [​IMG] Bantams often hatch a bit early because they are so small.
     
  7. starlingdaly

    starlingdaly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I figured that might be the case. :)
    12/14 hatched! Last two are pipped and one of them might be having some trouble as he's been fidgeting the whole day as if he's trying to zip but hasn't gotten very far. If he's still like that tomorrow I think I may help him. But wow, for my first artificial incubation in an old (and most basic) styrofoam incubator, I am very pleased with the hatch rate and health of the chicks. :) I didn't even use a hygrometer (which has been by far my biggest stress that past 3 weeks!)

    They are such mystery chicks as I know one of the moms is a silkie but the dad and the other mom I have no idea what kind of chicken they are as the rooster was a rescue and the mom was an impulse buy from an old lady for $2. :)
     
  8. starlingdaly

    starlingdaly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    14/14! A perfect hatch. :)
    One of them has curled toes and had a lot of trouble zipping, but other than that, everyone is healthy, happy, and sleeping in a fluff pile. :)
     
  9. starlingdaly

    starlingdaly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now, I can finally sleep! ;)
     
  10. loveourbirds

    loveourbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    congratulations on the hatch!
     

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