HELP! New hatchling with distended navel...what to do?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Lynn_Farm, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. Lynn_Farm

    Lynn_Farm In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2010
    SE Michigan
    Just had a chick hatch with a red, swollen belly that appears very distended. Also leaking a white discharge from the navel. What is this? What do I do? Incubated with 24 others, who are all normal looking...

    (x-posted in diseases/injuries)
  2. ChickFarmer

    ChickFarmer In the Brooder

    May 22, 2010
    Looks like an infection. Just before hatching the chick absorbs the yoak through the navel. The white discharge is pus. I read in a post somewhere about this problem but I've never faced it. The person with the post tried opening up the navel and letting the pus and egg yoak out. It worked for them, but they were told just to put the chick down.

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