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Umbilical Cord

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BaileyJean, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. BaileyJean

    BaileyJean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a chick hatch this morning. It has been in the incubator for 31 days, I know that is forever! But it is hatched and seems to be doing well, other than the umbilical cord is wrapped around its leg. This is limited its mobility because it cannot move its leg very well. Can I cut or tie off the cord? Do I need to put Iodine or something on it?
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Yes, snip that! If it looks dried up, just snip it, if it looks like it could bleed, then tie it with a piece of thread, and snip it just beyond that.
     
  3. Desirai

    Desirai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if it's around his leg it could be very dangerous. I don't know as much about chickens as I do cats though.

    When my cat had her first litter of kittens, she didn't know to lick off the umbilical or eat the placentas, so I had to cut them off. I tied dental floss very tightly about an inch out from the stomach, then took clean scissors and snipped it off past the floss. It prevents bleeding and things like that.

    If a cord dries around a leg or body part it can cut off circulation and cause loss of limb. You should definitely snip it off of its leg. If it's starting to dry already, tying it with floss may not be necessary but better safe than sorry. :)
     
  4. BaileyJean

    BaileyJean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got the cord off of his leg, and then we snipped it with scissors. He seems to be doing fine now. Thanks for the replies!
     

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