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Hatch went bad. Can I save this one?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by GwenFarms, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My last batch of guinea eggs began hatching several days early. I didn't have the humidity high enough. Most of the keats died in the shell. I have about nine healthy keats, out of 40. There is one that I have left in the incubator. It hatched day night before last and I immediately saw that the yolk sac was not fully absorbed. It seemed strong, but couldn't stand. Today it is starting to stand, but a little of the yolk sac is still on the outside and there is an awful rotten egg smell coming from it. Is there anything that can be done, or should I put it down? Has anyone saved one like this?
     
  2. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    Hi! I had a little BO chick hatch out earlier this spring w/ an unabsorbed yolk sac. I'd leave it in the bator a little longer to see if it will absorb it any more.

    If not, I think survival is 50/50. Someone suggested putting neosporin on it.

    Someone also was able to put a diaper like bandage over it to help it heal.

    You may have to watch it to make sure the other keets won't peck at it.

    My little chick wiggled to much to try the bandage thing, but I put neosporin on it and it healed up just fine.

    It slept a lot in the beginning and was a bit smaller than it's sibling, but it survived. It was always feisty.

    It's 11 weeks old now, big and beautiful.

    Good luck!!!! [​IMG]
     

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