I Dont Know What To Do!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by krazychick28, May 20, 2011.

  1. krazychick28

    krazychick28 In the Brooder

    Feb 13, 2011
    My mommy hens started eating their babies today and so far I saved two that were in the process of hatching. 2 were killed that werent even ready to hatch. Anyway, the one chicken wasnt even out of the egg yet so I pulled it out and saved her before mommy could kill it. And there is something big coming out of its butt. I dont know what this is. Am I suppose to pull it out or let it come out on its own? Looks like the afterbirth????

  2. ChestnutRidge

    ChestnutRidge Songster

    Feb 26, 2011
    Western Virginia
    Quote:Let it fall off on its own. It is probably part of the yolk sac or umbilical. If you have the chicks in a brooder and the others are trampling it, you can wrap a paper towel around the one with the sac and set him sitting up in a mug in the brooder in the heat. I haven't done this, only read, so I hope someone else can confirm soon!

    I am sorry for the rough experience! [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 20, 2011
  3. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

  4. Barrdwing

    Barrdwing Songster

    I have two hens that are "caution" broodies: they are horrible about chicks that don't match the others and will kill them. One hen killed three on her first clutch: her first-hatched chicks were yellow with chipmunk striping, and when new ones hatched out that were brown or blue, she went completely berserk on them. The other hatched out four bantams, which she loved, and an EE cross, which she killed. I don't like this behavior in a broody, but I can get around it if I'm very careful to only give them "color-coded" eggs that will hatch out uniform chicks. [​IMG] Thank goodness we have other broodies that aren't like this!

    The chick with the object on its rear has probably not finished reabsorbing its yolk sac. If the mother was going after it while it was resting in the shell, then it didn't get the time to reabsorb. You will want to make sure the other chicks don't pick at it, so separating it or giving it a diaper may be best. If you separate it, you can set up a mini-environment that is more humid than the regular brooder; that might be helpful, considering that when the chick is resting in the pipped egg waiting to reabsorb its yolk, that's a humid environment.

    Unfortunately when a chick comes out of the shell before it was quite ready, it's a bit of a gamble whether or not it will be OK. Keep an eye on it, and good luck!

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