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Newly Hatched Chick Dragging It's Shell

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by choven05, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. choven05

    choven05 Out Of The Brooder

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    So we are hatching eggs for the first time and we had our first 1 hatch this morning. It seems fine other then the egg is still attached to it and it's dragging it around the incubator with it. Is this normal? Do I need to do something? Help!
     
  2. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

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    If it is dragging it by the - um - I'm sure there's a proper name for it, but I guess "umbilical cord" will do - I would take a pair of scissors, and very carefully snip the cord off a little distance from the chick. The cord will probably be dried and shriveled by now; my concern is that the shell could get caught on something, and the cord could get pulled off inside, causing bleeding. Normally this happens without injury to the chick as it hatches, but having one hang on after hatching always worries me (perhaps needlessly, but there you are).[​IMG]

    Congrats on your hatch - good luck with the rest of it!
     
  3. choven05

    choven05 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. I did end up cutting the cord and it seems fine now.
     

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