New Hatchling Was Alive Now Dead-What Causes These symptoms???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Patchesnposies, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. Patchesnposies

    Patchesnposies Chickens.....are my ONE weakness!

    Mar 5, 2008
    Southern New Mexico
    We are hatching out 29 eggs today, 7 have made it out so far and were seemingly thriving except for one little one that kept falling on its back and not being able to right itself.

    They all seem uncoordinated at first and we didn't think too much about it, all of the others could get back on their feet by themselves, though.

    This one hatched out last night, early this morning, we put him in the brooder when he was dry and it seemed healthy and lively. He could walk, his head was held normally and he chirruped like the others. But, he did fall or get pushed over a lot. I had to help him back over 3 times and my husband did it once.

    We checked on them often and in the space of 15 minutes, this afternoon, he went from upright and appearing fine to on his back dead.

    This little bird did have what looked like a small bubble on his belly, we thought it might have been unabsorbed yolk sac and as it looked like it was reducing in size, thought it would take care of itself.

    He came out of his shell on his own, but we did think that perhaps it was a pullet egg because it was very small comparatively. (These were eggs shipped to us-TX to NM). Could he have had to hatch because he outgrew his shell and there was no more room, but he wasn't quite ready?

    Or is there some other problem that chicks can have that causes this? I have tried searching the forum for answers, but am obviously not choosing the correct wording, as nothing is coming up.

    These are our first chicken eggs we have hatched.


  2. doodledoo

    doodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 29, 2008
    Cartersville, GA
    We have hatched some out with the same problem (very round abdomen and unbalanced) they all died within a few days of hatch. Not sure what the cause is - just wanted to let you know you are not alone in this. Sorry for your loss - it is never easy no matter what the circumstances.
  3. MichiganWoods

    MichiganWoods DD (Artistic Digital Diva)

    Oct 6, 2008
    West Michigan
    Uhoh. My very last EE to hatch (yesterday) had that issue too. Couldn't get on its feet for the longest time. I righted it a few times in the brooder and now it seems to be fine? I see it stretching its legs out one at a time by holding them in the air and back. doodledoo, have any of yours ever corrected themselves and lived?

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