Need help IDing a large mass outside a newly hatched chick - graphic pictures

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by threadgeek, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. threadgeek

    threadgeek Chillin' With My Peeps

    I need help trying to identify what this mass is outside the chick's body. It was malpositioned and I removed the membrane and shell so it could get out, but it has a large mass connected to its bumm. I do not know if this is unabsorbed yolk or some deformity. Please advise!!!

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  2. It kinda looks like internal organs...
     
  3. threadgeek

    threadgeek Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ugh, that's what I'm afraid of. I will wait for a couple other opinions before culling. Ack, this is my first hatch and I'm so squeamish. I'm hoping my DH will take pity and do it for me. [​IMG]
     
  4. LadyofChickRose

    LadyofChickRose Out Of The Brooder

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    I've never seen this before despite the year and 3 month long study run for chickens. So I'm just speaking my mind when I say the brown part looks like a liver.
     
  5. LadyofChickRose

    LadyofChickRose Out Of The Brooder

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    More importantly how is the chick? Is it eating or drinking? Walking?
     
  6. threadgeek

    threadgeek Chillin' With My Peeps

    He is sleeping but was scooting around a few minutes ago. The mass is less bulbous now, I'll post an updated picture.
     
  7. threadgeek

    threadgeek Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here is another view, I'm not familiar with chicken anatomy but I would guess it could not survive with this outside??? I don't want this chick to suffer, should I cull it???

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  8. HighNDryFarm

    HighNDryFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it hasn't obsorbed the yoke. Did you remove all the shell? I think it's best to leave the bottom on and let them come out of it when they're ready. Since it's getting smaller, wait and see if that's what it is.
     
  9. threadgeek

    threadgeek Chillin' With My Peeps

    I removed the top half of the shell and he came out on his own. It looks like there are two masses, and the larger one has flattened a bit. My gut is telling me that this is not yolk.
     
  10. HighNDryFarm

    HighNDryFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They do look pretty large. If you want some tips on culling, PM me. I had to cull one last fall...and when I say "I", I mean my husband. I'm sorry.
     

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