Heavy blood loss from umbilicus - Experience with this?


11 Years
Mar 23, 2008
We just hatched our first batch of eggs - Australorps from an Ebay seller. Half were in the 'bator and half under a broody. We got three babies from the bator and one from the hen. The one under the hen was wrapped in membrane from stem to stern. I peeled the membrane back and where it was still stuck to the umbilicus, some heavy bleeding started (how stupid am I, right?).

I didn't hold out much hope for the chick but he's had some sugar water and seems to have a little vigor in him, after all - so we'll see.

Anyone else have this happen? What was the outcome?

On another chicken site somebody posted around the same question and they got an answer telling them to pull the membrane over the bleeding area or something I can't remember all of it. I just hope nobody writes something like "cull it" I mean its like they were an actual sick person so somebody just says lets put them out of their misery I mean nobody would like that.
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