Lump on Newly Hatched Chick-help please

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Raptorchick, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. Raptorchick

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    I'm attaching pictures that may be graphic to some, a heads up....
    This chick pipped on day 19, started zipping 23hours later, and finally hatched out of the shell four hours after that. I noticed a lump on her butt, looks like she didnt finish absorbing, theres no plug.
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    I took her into a steamy warm bathroom for this. The stringy veins that look semi-connected I snipped, and didnt see any bleeding. The pile behind her was a little bit of clear, yellowish-white goop, green and white poo, and a light pink cord that wasnt connected to her, but I'm terrified it's something important (like intestines? :( Doesn't make sense to me but what if). I have sterile medihoney and neosporin on hand, I decided to put sterile medihoney around it to keep it moist and protect it, then I put gauze, then vet wrap, like a diaper. Put her back in the incubator. I read about using hemorrhoid cream, but we dont have any and it's currently 5am, she hatched at 4am. It's been an hour almost, shes cheeping, trying to walk, kicking, lifting her head. I figure if nothing else the diaper will protect the sac. Will she absorb this, or do I need to put her down? Or will hemorrhoid cream help if I go as soon as Walmart opens ?
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  2. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Crowing

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    I know it looks pretty scary, but chicks can absorb remaining yolks. Keeping it clean, covered, and away from other pecking beaks will help give it a chance to resorb. This thread may be helpful:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/unabsorbed-yolk-sack-help.463890/.

    I can't comment on the hemorrhoid cream, as I've never used it to treat unabsorbed yolk, but I bet another BYCer will. Best of luck!
     
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  3. Raptorchick

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    Thank you!! I'm hopeful....
     
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  4. Raptorchick

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    It isnt from her bum, the anus is visible above the yolk/tumor, so I dont think hemorrhoid cream would do anything. I think I'll keep her with the diaper on, in the incubator, and keep a close eye. No other chicks have hatched yet, one just pipped, two more after that. They're not due til tomorrow, by then hopefully itll be mostly absorbed.
    The other thread mentioned it can be gently pushed back inside, or even tied off and kept clean if it isnt being absorbed, these are my plan Bs, after the others have hatched.....:caf:fl:fl
     
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  5. duluthralphie

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    Did you help it hatch?
     
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  6. Keeperofmunchkins

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    I don't know about the extra mass hanging off but Ive seen chicks hatch with a bit of yolk and flesh left sticking out, smaller than that but still noticeable lumps, and I swear the 'lumps' just sucked right in there and healed over in a matter of hours.

    Obviously the main concerns are other chicks pecking at it or her damaging the area by crawling all over the place. In the past i have put the chick inside a fairly shallow plastic or ceramic container or bowl without the lid, inside the incubator, so the chick can't move around too much.

    Im not an expert but I would worry that the thick wrap around the chick's body could affect how her legs are positioned. Does anyone know if that is possible?
     
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  7. Raptorchick

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    Yes, kind of :/ at 20 hours I wrapped her in a damp warm paper towel, then widened the pip hole. Hour 23 she started zipping, and about 5 hours later she kicked out.
     
  8. duluthralphie

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    Hope for the best.. pray a tad.. and learn from this. Never help a wet or bloody chick... some of them just seem to want to open the shell early.

    She was not ready yet.. best of luck to you.
     
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  9. FoodFreedomNow

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    Good point - and I agree that not hindering leg development is important, too, especially at this critical developmental stage. Placing a bandage in that area is difficult at best...maybe a "diaper" type wrap would allow more leg movement? Ideas?
     
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