Help! Chick with umbilical cord covering his rear

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by icychicks, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. icychicks

    icychicks New Egg

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    I need some advice- I have a chick that obviously hatched early and it has its umbilical cord covering its butt. I'm worried that it will be the same as pasty butt and kill it. It's struggling already and I'm praying it can be saved. Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. icychicks

    icychicks New Egg

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    Here are some pics to help you get an idea of what I'm talking about.

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  3. Ceinwyn

    Ceinwyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What does it's navel look like?
     
  4. icychicks

    icychicks New Egg

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    I'll try to get some more pics.. he's moving and chirping but I'm worried about him. And I'm afraid to take the dried cord off and hurt him more.
     
  5. icychicks

    icychicks New Egg

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    Best I could get trying not to hurt him more...and to get him back in the incubator faster...[​IMG]
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  6. Ceinwyn

    Ceinwyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try gently wiping it with a warm damp cloth so it doesn't dry on it's back and let it dry up inside the incubator. It's navel looks good.
     
  7. icychicks

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    Should I wipe it completely off despite how powerful my it could take to get him back in the incubator? Or just a little at a time?
     
  8. icychicks

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    How powerful = how long... lol sorry.
     
  9. Ceinwyn

    Ceinwyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a brooder set up for it? It'd clean it up, towel dry to make it fluff up and let it rest in the brooder if you can. Will dry faster outside of the humid incubator. If it dries it's like cement and hard to clean off.
     
  10. icychicks

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    Thank you for the help. I'm not sure he will make it. I tried to put him in with the other chicks but he can't stand up well and won't open his eyes. I tried to give him some electrolytes and that perked him up but he is constantly distress chirping. I have him separated again but I'm worried that he hurting and won't make it. I did get the cord cleaned off though.
     

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