Umbilical cord? Pic included...what should I do?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Irajoe, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. Irajoe

    Irajoe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2009
    South Carolina
    Thanks for your reviewing this post. Hopefully I've placed it in the correct forum.

    Our last chick to hatch appears to have the umbilical cord still attached. I've attached a photo for your assistance in determining if this is what it's attached at its belly.

    What should I do? Can I clip it?

    They're all in the brooder now. The other chicks want to peck at it.

    Thanks so much for your input!

  2. tonini3059

    tonini3059 [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Luv

    Nov 6, 2008
    Southwestern PA
    Is it dried up or wet? I think if it is dry you could clip it, i am not sure I did it with one of my chicks and it was fine.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Wait till it's dry and don't cut too close.. May need to isolate from the other chicks for a day or two with a stuffed animal.
  4. Irajoe

    Irajoe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2009
    South Carolina
    For it's safety, should I put it back in the incubator overnight? I'm not sure how else I'd isolate it and still keep it warm. I have 5 eggs in the incubator that are at 23 days...plenty of room for the little fellow.

    After its taste of freedom in the incubator, I'm guessing that'd be quite a shock to it.

    I know that it has had both food and water in the brooder. But it is definitely the quietest and sleepiest of any of the chicks.
  5. Irajoe

    Irajoe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2009
    South Carolina
    I think I'll try to cut the umbilical cord to see if that helps. I just don't have the experience to define whether it is wet or's probably in-between.

    Do you think I should keep it in the incubator overnight or place it in a box near the light in the brooder (with water and food).

    Thanks for your advise.
  6. TheNewMrsEvans

    TheNewMrsEvans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2008
    Big Sur, CA
    it will turn "jerky" like and then trim it about 1/2" away from the belly...should dry up and fall off like a scab in a few days. I've gotten one like that from the feedstore and that's all I did. you just don't want the others to pull it or peck it. Can you set her up in a small rubbermaid box with a 40W light over one end for a few days? Just give her a shallow water dish/lid and food...
  7. Irajoe

    Irajoe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2009
    South Carolina
    Sure grateful for the responses. I cut the didn't bleed nor cause any noticable pain for the chick. However, it was weak and nature took its course last night. We buried it this morning.

    Now, we're celebrating 12 healthy chicks running all around the brooder!
  8. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 17, 2008
    Gainesville, Fl.
    Sorry [​IMG] It probably didn't absorb all of the yolk and that nasty thing is what was left.
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Sorry about your loss but congratulations on the rest.
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  10. jcs89115

    jcs89115 New Egg

    May 3, 2012
    Thank you for posting "lil bit" top hat has that...I thought i royally screwed up cleaning her pasty butt...i felt I know what it is..thank you so much

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