New chicks - one question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jason, May 23, 2008.

  1. jason

    jason Hatching

    Apr 24, 2007
    Just got our new chicks the other day. All seem healthy, though one does seem to be the runt of the bunch.
    17 total - 6 Leghorns, 6 Light Brahmas, and 5 Buff Orpingtons


    The one little gal did have pasty butt and I used a warm damp cloth to clean that up. I did notice something underneath the pasty butt. Not being too keen on chicken anatomy, I figured I post a question, along with my ignorance.

    What is this? It is below the picky vent that I cleaned up.

    Last edited: May 23, 2008
  2. Love my Critters!

    Love my Critters! Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Carlsbad, NM
    Very cute babies!
    Sorry, but I do not have any idea on what the heck that is. I have never seen that before. Hopefully someone that can help will come along.
  3. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    I believe that is the unbilical cord.
  4. Julie08

    Julie08 Songster

    May 19, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    If I had to GUESS I would agree with umbilical cord.
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    Yup, that's the belly button. I would try to keep it very clean, as it could develop an infection through that since it didn't heal very well from hatch.

  6. jason

    jason Hatching

    Apr 24, 2007
    That makes sense to me.

    This one little gal may be the first one to succumb out of all of them. She tends to be the loner of the bunch and may not be eating.

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