Need Help: Unusual Chick With No Butt!

May 3, 2019
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Hello all. I just hatched out a bunch of silkie mix chicks and we wound up with one that's really strange. It has NO BUTT! It has a vent, but no tail and it's back stops just past it's wings! There should be a good half inch more body there, but there isn't. It seems otherwise healthy. It's eating and drinking and pooping and cheaping. The issue is it's ability to walk. It tries, but without the weight of a butt to balance it out, it topples forward. Can anyone suggest ways I might be able to help it? (Please don't suggest I cull it. I want to help it live.) I'm going to post pics of the little one so you can see what I mean. The pics showing two chicks are the butt-challenged chick (on the right) and it's sibling which hatched the same night for comparison purposes. The circled area is where it's vent is. Please help if you can.
 

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Aapomp831

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Trish1974

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@Trish1974 do any of your Araucana hatch like this...?
No... that chick looks really odd.
You can tell if its truly rumpless by running your finger down its spine, and when you get to the tip of the spine if there is an indentation, it is rumpless. If it is pointed, its not and should grow a tail
Could be a defect maybe?
 

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