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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by xadika, Apr 12, 2009.
How old is the chick?
And . . . if it is only a day or two old, are you sure it's the bum? I know it sounds silly, but the navel is actually much lower than you would think so I'm just throwing that out as a possible problem. Sounds like chick may have a herniation or prolapse, though whether from the navel or the vent remains to be determined.
What color is the protrusion?
If its acting normal then don't worry about it The umbilical cord can hang out for a while, the vent is above that. Maybe even a blurry pic would help. If it is something sticking out of the vent, it may need help passing whatever it is.
Cord (there shouldn't be an opening, just a piece of dark cord hanging)
If the opening is puckering it is definately the vent, if there is something hanging from the vent I would say gently ease it out. It could be he ate something and is having trouble passing it.
Lets say it is the bum and there are no poop on the front of it, it does sound like he might have some poop inside his bum that is makeing hiw bottom protrud or prolapse. I have a 6 week old cockrel, Elmer, and he had that problem. I simply grabbed him and held him or his bum under a running stream of lukewarm water and massaged his bottom and lots I mean lots of harder poop just squirted out of him. It was unreal how much he had backed up. We had to do that a couple of times and when it finally seemed as if all of it was gone I somewhat pushed his butt back in, and since then he has been fine.
I don't know itf that helps or not...