Protrusion from vent area on chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by NewToFarming, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. NewToFarming

    NewToFarming Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a chick hatch two days ago that has a protrusion from the vent that look like intestines. The first day there was blood but he is no longer bleeding since that time but it is getting worse and more is protruding especially when I try to clean the area.
    My guess is his chances are slim to survive this but did anyone else have this happen and how did you treat it?

    Here is a picture of the protrusion and it actually got worse after taking the picture because he was peeping alot.
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  2. Hi! Do you have one of those little round bandaids? Now it sounds like the naval hasn't closed and looks like intestine. I've used one of those bandaids (or any small bandaid) over the naval area to keep the 'innards inside' while the naval area closes. Poor litttle darling.
    Good luck!
    Lisa
     
  3. flower

    flower Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lisa is correct. It is a hernia. Wet your finger and push it in or if that sounds awful use a wet q-tip. After it is inside as best as you can do, cover the area to keep it inside to help the area close.


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  4. NewToFarming

    NewToFarming Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just tried that and it seems like too much came out but I might have better luck with a q tip actually. Thanks for the idea! I guess all I can do is try!!!
     
  5. NewToFarming

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    I did it!!! [​IMG] There was alot out but I was able to get it back in. It actually looked to be off to the side of the naval and slightly below where the hole is. I know the chance for infection will be high. Should I put this little one on antibiotics and what ones are safe for chicks?
     
  6. Hi Lisa! Congratulations on getting the chick 'back together'. *Hernia* is the term, but the only time I've seen it is when newly hatched chicks pick at the newest ones fresh out of the shell --- unpleasant.
    Unless its 'outside bits' were drug around in the dirt, I wouldn't worry about antiboitics. Chicks have remarkable healing abilities. I've had them practically eviserated and poked inches of the bits back in and painted them with Blu-Kote and taped them closed. They've *usually* healed up just fine.
    I hope your little NN does as well.
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  7. NewToFarming

    NewToFarming Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your help!!!
    Do you have any other ideas on what to keep it closed. The bandaid isn't sticking too well at all.
    I am thinking one of my Fattie NN girls might have gotten into the nest. I was pretty sick yesterday and had to go to the ER and I could not get mom and new chick secured into a cage before I went. I feel horrible about it but I just could not do it being so sick. This was the only chick so there were no other chicks around it. There was a new NN egg in the nest too.
    But all is back in the chick but I can't get the bandaid to stay secure.

    Edited to add that he is pooping so it seems things are working properly!
     
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  8. I hesitate to suggest it, but superglue? If you can't get any sort of bandage to stick, that might work. Just a dot or two to hold the skin together --- I've never used superglue on a chicken, though.
    I had a chick hatched by a broody last week that was ripped open from neck to tail, I was advised to either pull the skin back together with a few stitches or use superglue.
    Neither was doable because the chick passed from (?) shock while I was sterilizing all the stuff.
    But you might could use superglue to close the naval hole, maybe.

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  9. NewToFarming

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    Superglue would probably work as long as I don't get it on the bowel. I will have to pick some up tomorrow and I might also get that liquid bandage stuff just to see if that might be better???

    I am sorry to hear about your poor chick.
     
  10. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the liquid bandage stuff would help the bandaid to stick. I would probably do super glue if the liquid stuff fails. Just kinda pinch the skin around the opening and, like you said, don't get any on the bowel. I would use 2 people for the superglue treatment.
     

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