Just hatched chick with red swollen belly? What is it?


10 Years
May 21, 2009
Bradford NH
I've never had this happen before. These are EE eggs. It's swollen and red. Is this the egg yolk? Will this work itself out? I will try and get a picture.
It almost did. It was zipping and then stopped for a long time so I just broke the shell a little for it and it got itself out. But seeing the belly I don't think it could move to finish zipping. Now it has something coming out of the red swelling, like a tube....intestines? I'm going to cull it. It is cheeping but it has it's head curled down and doesn't try to move it up. This is the first chick to cull in several yrs. Not fun. thanks for responding.

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