Newly hatched chick - should I worry about this?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by keyt1969, May 2, 2011.

  1. keyt1969

    keyt1969 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm new at hatching chicks. My first one hatched tonight but I'm wondering if I should worry about something

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    Looks like its leg is caught up! Will that go away?
     
  2. mlward

    mlward Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good question. As I am also new to hatching (my first one has just pipped this morning), I have no clue. Maybe it's one of those things that get absorbed? I hope... [​IMG]
     
  3. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The bulge you see there is it's barely absorbed yolk sac. Don't worry, just leave it in the incubator until it is able to remain upright. Give it a good 12 hours. The first chicks to hatch are normally a bit weaker to begin with, the middle lot to hatch are stronger right away and the last few tend to be very tired. It's perfectly normal and it has done all the hard work itself so just give it time to chill out, dry off and fluff up a bit. By the third or fourth chick you'll notice they get much stronger quicker!
     
  4. keyt1969

    keyt1969 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks. It's leg is fine now but 15 hours after it's hatch it isn't standing yet. I hope it's ok!
     

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