New chick with umbilical issues.

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  1. Redhead Rae

    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere! Premium Member

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    I have 3 Dark Cornish chicks that hatch in the past 24 hours. One has an umbilical issue.

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    The chick is acting pretty lively now. But I know issues like this can go downhill fast. Is this chick a lost cause?
     
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  2. Redhead Rae

    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere! Premium Member

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    New pictures. It looks like the chick has intestine pulled through. I tried helping out, but the poor things screamed and then went sorta catatonic when I was manipulating the mass. IMG_7693.JPG IMG_7694.JPG
    @Pyxis @casportpony @WVduckchick

    I think this one is beyond hope. How would you put this baby out of it's misery?
     
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  3. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

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    Hmm, yea that doesn't look so good.
    You could give it a day or two, if you want.
    My method for culling very young chicks is a knife/cleaver across the neck (after folding a paper towel around the chick) and I hold the knife in place on the neck, and hit strike the knife with a hammer or block of wood. I can't swing an axe accurately and I've always been afraid to use shears/scissors in fear of stopping short.
    :hugs
     
  4. Redhead Rae

    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere! Premium Member

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    Thanks I think I'll give it time, but it seems to be going downhill. It was walking fine earlier and now it mostly sits on it's hocks.
     
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  5. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

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    Bummer. I'm sorry. I hate this part of hatching. :(
     
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    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere! Premium Member

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    Yeah, me too. I think what happened was it's umbilical was stuck to the egg and it kicked out too vigorously.

    I'll give it a chance but I'm not hopeful.
     
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  7. Pyxis

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    Sorry :hugs I use ether since I'm squeamish about taking their heads off - starting fluid sprayed onto a paper towel, then the towel and the chick placed into a small airtight container. The chick drifts off to sleep and then passes away.
     
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  8. Redhead Rae

    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere! Premium Member

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    The chick is looking much better this morning. The... whatever it is... is drying up. I put some BluKote on it and put the chick in the brooder with it's two hatch mates, the 4 I hatched last week, and Tiny.
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    This little chick started getting into a fight with one of the older chicks that started picking at it. And it is running around, eating, drinking, and well....
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    Wow! That's amazing!
     
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  10. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg Premium Member Project Manager

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    get some preparation h for your chick hatching kit.

    Looking good so far!
     
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