Newly hatched chick with umbelical hernia??/prolapse??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CrazyCatNChickenLady, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. CrazyCatNChickenLady

    CrazyCatNChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my newly hatched chicks hatched with 2 pea-sized fleshy balls at the 'belly button'. I went to check on them because the last chick hatched and this one chick looked like it had a pool of blood/yolk underneith it, so I pulled the chick out and it was a long peice of ?? intestines??!! Yolk sac?? so I put it on some gauze sponges and when I picked it up for a pic it had changed shape.. shorter and more wide like the pressure made it hold together a little(??) Maybe the wire bottom of the bator irritated it and thats why it prolapsed?? (I'm just guessing on what it is!)

    Its supposed to be an olive egger. BCM roo X EE or Quechua(I guess they have both?) Hatched maybe 2 hours before the pics. It is very active and not showing any other worrysome signs, yet! Other than the sac he acts just like the rest of the chicks!

    I wet the gauze sponges, so they wouldnt stick to it, and put them and the little guy in a coffee cup to limit his activity and maybe it will re-absorb? I know his chances arent that great, but I'm not going to cull him yet!

    What is this?? and what can I do to help the poor little chickie?!!

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  2. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is yolk sac that should have been internalized before hatch, and also looks like part of some other internal organ- I can't tell from the photo. It also looks like the yolk sac may have ruptured- is there yellow on the feathers from the yolk? I am sorry, but this chick's chances are very very low- they CAN reabsorb small protruding yolk sacs- but this is large, and if there is poop contamination into the umbilical area or if the sac gets ruptured- bacteria get inside the chick, and they almost always die a few days later. IMO your two options are 1) take to a vet who will sort out what the pink thing is, tie off the protruding yolk if the sac is ruptured, put things back in if healthy, close the hole, and get the chick on appropriate antibiotics to prevent or treat peritonitis or omphalitis- which will assuredly be present. 2) humanely dispatch

    Keeping the area moist will get you some time, but this chick has little hope without aggressive intervention. They die from infection, or the material gets stuck on something & more internals pull out & they die from shock. Can you take him to a vet?
     
  3. CrazyCatNChickenLady

    CrazyCatNChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm a tech at an emergency vet.. I can pretty much guarentee the dr's wouldn't take me serious, its a chicken, let alone a newly hatched one. I wasn't going to cull at first because it was so active. But I have changed my mind because its getting worse. For the most part was inside but prolapsed a little after hatching.

    Only problem.. I dont have any scissors (beleive it or not!) and a 'humane euthanasia' is an hour away!
     
  4. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    i agree it does look grim. i had a silkie hatch out with a very wide open navel. It did manage to absorb and close over night. It's a tough call. i suspect a vet would put it down. Trying to find my post to compare the size of the protrusion for comparison. i'll post if i find it. Sorry for your situation. [​IMG]
     
  5. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Okay, i can't find my original post, but here are some pictures of the protrusion.

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  6. CrazyCatNChickenLady

    CrazyCatNChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Thank you for the pics for comparison. My little one baisically stepped on it and pulled it out more. Poor little guy!!

    Any suggetions on how to cull? besides scissors because I dont have any.


    ETA: nevermind.. It's done. Chickie no longer suffering.
     
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  7. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    i'm so sorry! [​IMG] Once they pull it out too far, there is nothing you or even a vet can do. Sincere condolences.
     

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