Unabsorbed yolks

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by EnglishSpot2003, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. EnglishSpot2003

    EnglishSpot2003 Out Of The Brooder

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    I had 3 chicks hatch today all with their yolks still unabsorbed all the way. Any idea what I can do to save them?
     
  2. MsCedarSwamp

    MsCedarSwamp New Egg

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    I had a couple to do that. If they will stay still and quiet, it may finish absorbing or close up enough that they'll be fine...that's what mine did. There was one that the hole was as big around as my pinkie finger. Good luck!
     
  3. chickensinwasillaAK

    chickensinwasillaAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had one hatch with the same issue, the yoke sac still out. It was late evening when he hatched, figured he would pass in the night. Went out the next morning and he was cheeping away, running around the hatcher. Yoke completely absorbed and doing fine. He's sort of the runt of the hatch but catching up fine, usually find him camped out by the feeders.
     
  4. tinalibnania

    tinalibnania Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going thru the same problem, this morning I had one with the yolk sac hanging down. I seperated him for a few hours in the incubator inside of a tupperware bowl with a wash cloth in it. He was still very lively when I checked on him so my daughter and I did a little surgery. I doubled up some thick thread will she gently held him, tied it snuggly where the sac just attached to his belly, enough to stop bleeding but not enough to slice thru, and snipped the sac off. He showed no signs of discomfort with this, no bleeding and is peeping and hopping around with his hatch buddies right now.....better than him or another chick mistakenly ripping the yolk sac off. He will just be hungry very early :)

    Note: I felt this neccessary as he was bleeding from it and kept stepping on it, if it would have ripped out and he would have bled out :)
     
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  5. EnglishSpot2003

    EnglishSpot2003 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, one of them passed during the night, but the other two absorbed and are doing good. Strange chickens.
     
  6. ReikiStar

    ReikiStar Chillin' With My Peeps

    How were your temps during incubation? Unhealed navels or failure to fully absorb the yolk are usually problems when the temps are too low or if the humidity was too high.
     
  7. tinalibnania

    tinalibnania Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Sorry about the other though

     
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  8. EnglishSpot2003

    EnglishSpot2003 Out Of The Brooder

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    Temps were pretty steady throughout the whole incubation.
     
  9. ki4got

    ki4got Hatch-a-Holic

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    i woud NOT recommend someone doing this, as sometimes a small loop of intestine might be poking thru as well. I had one hatch early a few days ago with his yolk out, and even tho the yolk absorbed, the hole closed up around a loop of intestine and he died anyways. my other one that had yolk still out is doing ok but not great. his hasn't absorbed, but is dry and not likely to rupture. we'll see by morning. he hatched yesterday so tomorrow will be day 2.
     
  10. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    I've had unabsorbed yolks too, just left in incubator to dry and fall off all on their own. I've read the reason (and thinking of that hatch know it was my culprit) is the humidity was too high throughout incubation. Not to make anyone feel bad but wanted to put it out there so we can improve. Good luck and enjoy your chickies.
     

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