Newborn chick with large amount of intestines outside body

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mamapeep, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. mamapeep

    mamapeep Hatching

    Sep 18, 2008
    I had a baby ameraucana hatch out yesturday with what looked like a yolk sack attached by a thread to a large amount of intestines. Poor baby did not survive but what caused this? Can it be avoided? The hatch was poor with only three out of 9 eggs hatching. Eggs were all different breeds. Come to think of it, last hatch only two out of 6 sultan eggs hatched but both babies were weak and they died. Is it the incubator (forced air Hovabator), the eggs or me?? Thanks.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2011
  2. Diamond Wire Farms

    Diamond Wire Farms Songster

    Jan 19, 2011
    Placerville, CA
    I had one of these last hatch. A poor skinny JG that I had to cull out of mercy. This is from Florida University Hatchability study:

    Sign: Unhealed navel; dry, rough down
    feathers. Causes:
    1. High incubator temperature or wide
    fluctuations in temperature.
    2. Low temperature in hatcher.
    3. Humidity too high in hatcher or not lowered
    when hatching complete.
    4. Inadequate breeder nutrition.

    Sign: Unhealed navel, wet, odorous; mushy,
    large, soft-bodied, and lethargic chick. Causes:
    1. Omphalitis (navel infection).
    Contamination from dirty trays, unsanitary
    machines or hatchery, dirty eggs,
    inadequate egg sanitation or fumigation.
    2. Low incubator temperature.
    3. High incubator or hatcher humidity.
    4. Inadequate ventilation.

    So it could be anything. If you only have one with this problem = likely a problem with the laying hen nutrition/egg handling prior to incubation.
    If you are having poor hatches I would recheck all your levels.

    What went wrong with the unhatched chicks from your last poor hatches? Sometimes that can be a clue.
  3. mamapeep

    mamapeep Hatching

    Sep 18, 2008
    You know- I don't check very often because it makes me so sad. I guess I should in the interest of science.

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