Lump on top of silkie chicks head. Could be it's brain.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by guinea fowl galore, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. guinea fowl galore

    guinea fowl galore Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    Australia
    I have a black silkie that just hatched and it has a lump on the top of it's head.
    Could this be it's brain? If it is will I haveto kill it?
    I will upload pictures in a minute.
     
  2. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    Completely normal for Silkies.(only the good quality ones, of course.)


    I find this hilarious, BTW.


    If the bump on his head is identical to this one, he's fine.
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  3. chkinut

    chkinut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    oh no, this is normal. some silkies have a normal looking head, others have a hole in their skull and yes, i believe it IS the brain, but it's normal. and i'm certainly no silkie expert....so somebody please correct me. i hatched silkies last year and learned a little about them. i forget what it's called....vaulted skull....that's it. and i think a lot of people actually like this in a silkie.....so your chick is normal and healthy.
     
  4. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

  5. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    post a pic, sometimes the skull is not fully formed. however you are probably seeing a vaulted skull one of these chicks has a vault the other does not
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  6. guinea fowl galore

    guinea fowl galore Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    Australia
    here is a picture anyway.

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    sorry it's blurry but the window is all foggy.
    so this is definitely vaulted skull?
     
  7. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    [​IMG] Yep it's normal and yep that's a vaulted.
     
  8. chkinut

    chkinut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    u poor thing! i bet you freaked out when you saw him hatch!
     
  9. guinea fowl galore

    guinea fowl galore Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    Australia
    Quote:God yes [​IMG]
    I am so glad this is normal, I thought I was going to have to kill it [​IMG]
    so does this usually mean a good quality silkie or is that just different opinions. and do I have to take extra special care of it so it doesn't get hurt by the others?
     
  10. JenEric Farms

    JenEric Farms GOOGLE GENIUS

    Oct 31, 2007
    Maine
    Quote:God yes [​IMG]
    I am so glad this is normal, I thought I was going to have to kill it [​IMG]
    so does this usually mean a good quality silkie or is that just different opinions. and do I have to take extra special care of it so it doesn't get hurt by the others?

    Some people prefer the vaulted skull because it causes the crest to appear larger. A silkie can have a large crest without one. Yes, you need to make sure you don't put the smaller ones in with older ones that may pick on them because the are more susceptible to head injury.
     

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