Squished baby... Can I save it???


8 Years
Mar 2, 2011
Franklinton, NC
I have chicks hatching under a broody. Another broody insists on sitting on top of her. She caused a chick to have intestines squished out of its umbilical area. Its still alive and cheeping,but will it survive? Is there anything I can do for it?? Please help!!!!!

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OH, that doesn't sound good. I am so sorry. Not sure if it's intestines can be put back in, and they would be dirty and possibly an infection could start.....Might be best to put it down.

Others will see and help......Hang in there!
If it was squished and the intestines are coming out, there is a good chance there is extensive internal damage. Just looking at the picture, i think it's chances of surviving are slim. That's just my opinion. You have to do what you feel is best. If you don't cull, it may very well pass on it's own soon. i'm so sorry. i know how difficult these things can be.
It always seems harder to cull a chick {poor little bugger didn't even have a chance to dry out}...I've been there.
I've heard my husband's great-grandmother say that the best way to stop a broody hen is to dip her (legs up to chest) in a pail of cold water. Don't know if that is just an old wives' tale, but thought I'd mention it in case someone else has this same issue and is worried about the chick's safety.

Sorry for your loss.
Im definately going to try the cold water thing.... This particular broody is mean to every other chicken I have and refuses to sit on eggs. Getting dunked tomorrow morning so she has time to dry out.

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