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URGENT!!! how long should i wait before cutting the umbilical cord on a chick?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickhun, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. chickhun

    chickhun New Egg

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    how long should i wait to cut the umbilical cord? i dont want it to bleed to death. and i already lost 1 to premature hatch. PLEASE HELP!!!
     
  2. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is the chicken out of the shell? let it fall off it self. How is it doing?
     
  3. chickhun

    chickhun New Egg

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    it is just trying to stand up. ive never done this before and am worried. the cord is still attached to the egg and chick is rolling around with th egg and cord. but right now she is asleep.
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Leave it be for 12 hours... it'll dry up and fall off. If it's still stuck to the shell tomorrow, snip the dry bit.
     
  5. SilkieCrazy123

    SilkieCrazy123 Out Of The Brooder

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    DO SOME RESEARCH!!!!!!!!! i DONT KNOW, SO I CANT HELP, BUT MAYBE THE INTERNET CAN!
     
  6. chickhun

    chickhun New Egg

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    ok guys thanks for the help. ill see if she is ok tommorow morning.
     
  7. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    Ahaha, Isnt that why she came here? lol.

    Anyways....just leave it alone, it's perfectly normal, all chicks have a little umbelical cord when they hatch. By the time he is fluffy, the cord will have dried and fell off.

    Only worry when you have a chick with it's organs falling out of its belly button, this has happened to me plenty of times. If you think you have a chick like that, then post some pics or describe how it looks so we can help. But other wise, just leave the chick alone and the cord should fall off soon. Good luck with the rest of your hatch!![​IMG]
     
  8. chickhun

    chickhun New Egg

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    im sorry i know its late, but should i put some food in the bator for it,or just leave it?
     
  9. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    (Late? Late for what?) No, you shouldn't put food in there, chicks don't need food for the first 48 to 72 hours, the live of their reserves inside them from the yolk. Thats how hatcheries ship day old chicks across the country.

    Plus, food and water make a big mess in the bator. they will kick the food around and get it wet and mushy. If you put in water for them to drink, they may knock it over, and other than that, it will higher your humidity in the bator. Once, I put water in the bator for the chicks to drink, and it bumped up the humidity to 99%! Well....hope none of that happens to you, keep us posted! [​IMG]
     
  10. chickhun

    chickhun New Egg

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    ok guys it came off on its own and the chick is perfectly healthy. thanks!!! here are a few pics of (her)(he). [​IMG][​IMG]
     

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