What did I just pull out of my chick's butt?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AsanumaGardens, Apr 26, 2019.

  1. AsanumaGardens

    AsanumaGardens Chirping

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    Tonight I was giving our 9 day old chicks the daily once over, and one gal had some poop build up on the down beneath her vent. It was a pretty big clump that was stuck on pretty tight, so I got my fingers wet and slowly was able to remove it in chunks.

    The last bit was the worst, and when it came off, the poor chick gave an extra loud peep, and I could see I had removed something that had been sub-dermal.

    As painful as it must have been, I'm hoping this was a developing feather (sorry little peeper!) and not some sort of parasite. It isn't moving like I would expect from something living, but this is only my second round of chicks and I'm feeling anxious. Please set my mind at ease if you can.

    Here come the pictures!

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    PS
    The little peeper got some baby sized mealworms for her pains, and seemed to be otherwise healthy!
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Looks like you pulled off the umbilical..
     
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  3. chkva

    chkva Songster

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    That's what I was going to say as well
     
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  4. AsanumaGardens

    AsanumaGardens Chirping

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    @chickens really @chkva ouch! Well now I know to be more careful! Are there any health repercussions I should be concerned about?
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Well if pulled off sometimes the entire gut comes too. Definitely be careful
     
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    AsanumaGardens Chirping

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    @chickens really yikes! Ok, thank you so much. I definitely will be much more careful. There wasn't anything protruding from the wound, and there wasn't any blood, do I need to be worried about infection?
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    No...It was ready to come off. No worries...:frow
     
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    AsanumaGardens Chirping

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    @chickens really ok, thank you so much for taking the time to answer all my questions, I really appreciate it!
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Oh your welcome...:frow
    Best wishes..:jumpy
     
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