HELP: umbilical cord still attached to egg and chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chickenleg123, Dec 17, 2017.

  1. Chickenleg123

    Chickenleg123 In the Brooder

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    Hey guys. I hatched more chickens and one of them still has umbilical cord still attached to it and the egg attached to the other end. I left her in the incubator. It doesn’t affect her walking, She looks quite healthy otherwise. I decided to let nature take its course and for the cord to fall off naturally. I have given it 2 days since hatching and it has only dried up and shrunken a little. It keeps chirping in hunger/thirst so I’m afraid of it starving to death before the cord falls off.

    I also have another chick in the incubator who didn’t finish its yolk and there is still a bit of blood and yolk in its fluff. I’m trying to dry it out and fluff it up so I left it in the incubator for 2 days and it won’t fluff up fully. This chick is also hungry/thirsty. Should I just move it to the brooder regardless of whether it is dry or not?

    (I’m also leaving in a few days and giving the chicks to a chicksitter so I can’t really do much for a week.)
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi

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    Can you post a picture of them? The one with the umbilical cord it should be fine to just snip the cord but a picture to be sure is a good idea first.

    As for the one with the unabsorbed yolk, a picture of that one would be great too. Have you left it in the bottom of its shell so it doesn't rupture the yolk? Has the yolk gotten any smaller over the two days you've left it in the incubator?
     
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    The one with the unabsorbed yolk is fully out of its shell. It hatched with yolk and blood on its neck and back. It looks healthy and fine. I just don’t know when to put it in the brooder. Also I’m pretty sure she has pasty butt. Does anyone know how to fix that?
     
  4. Pyxis

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    So I would just snip the cord on the one still attached to the egg. Just cut it close to the egg and the rest will dry up and fall off.

    A picture of the unabsorbed yolk sac would help to determine what to do for that one. Is it the one you posted the first picture of? It looks like it's got some membrane stuck to it, but if you wet a q-tip with warm water and rub that it'll come off. I don't think it would have pasty butt being that it hasn't eaten yet but it would be possible if some of the poop it passed from digesting the yolk pasted it up, it's just unlikely. For pasty butt you just want to take a damp cloth or paper towel and wipe the poop off.
     
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  5. Chicken-lovebirdchihuahua

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    Get sizzors and cut it it's not important or you can wait it will fall off give it time she hatched to early trust me I hatched chicks
     
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  6. Chickenleg123

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    Thank you for your advice. This is going to help a lot!
     
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  7. Pyxis

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    As have I. Thousands, in fact :)

    Very glad to have helped!
     
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  8. Chickenleg123

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    Do you think I could let her in the brooder straight after cutting the cord?
     
  9. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi

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    Yep! That will be fine, and it sounds like she needs to get some food and water in her.
     
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  10. BYC910

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    I wouldn't worry about the dark glued down areas they will be gone in a week . Cut the cord close . leave about a quarter in from her butt. Don't want the other chicks pecking at it . I have had chicks with unabsorbed yokes where yoke sack sticks to the floor of the incubator and pulls the intestines out of the chick be careful .
     
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