Thank you so much for writing back. I can't tell you the relief I am feeling right now.Welcome to BYC. I have seen this in newly hatched chicks, and it usually goes away in a few days. How high was your humidity during incubation?
Thank you! This is my first adventure in hatching eggs, so I get concerned easily over everything that doesn't look right. I appreciate your explanation, it makes sense. Hmmm, malpositioning...thinking about it, his legs were out first. Is that normal?That swelling in the neck is the muscle that goes into contraction as the chick begins to pip. When it is having problems breaking out caused by malpositioning or high humidity during incubation it can swell as the muscle is overworked. As Kathy said it will reduce in size in a day or two as the chick absorbs its excess liquids.
Thank you so much for checking back with me. I am happy to say that the chick is doing much better today. He is standing a bit, sleeping a bit and is awake a bit. Big improvement from yesterday when he was just sleeping all the time. (That scared me, because I've seen chicks that sleep more and more and then they die.) His eyes are bright and overall looks much stronger today.How is it today?
As the chick zips around the egg pushing with its feet a talon will stick out the crack and with a kicking motion, it will expel itself. After the chick kicks out the head is first to emerge and rests for short moments as it builds strength. As it awakens it will become dry more alert, and begin to find its balance.Thank you! This is my first adventure in hatching eggs, so I get concerned easily over everything that doesn't look right. I appreciate your explanation, it makes sense. Hmmm, malpositioning...thinking about it, his legs were out first. Is that normal?
The chick is doing much better today. He's working on standing, his eyes are bright and overall, looks stronger. Thank you so much for your help!
Hi, the chick is hanging in there, however it does have issues.You're right, there's not much information about this condition. I've noticed it mostly in peachicks and ducklings that I have incubated, rarely in those hatched by broodies. I suspect it's caused by humidity being too high.