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What is this coming out of this chick? **warning: pic included**

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by doodledoo, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. doodledoo

    doodledoo Songster

    Feb 29, 2008
    Cartersville, GA
    This chick hatched while I was at work today and when I got home it had a small blob coming out of the umbilical cord area (about the size of a pencil eraser) - I recently checked on it and it was sitting in a puddle of orangish liquid (blood?) and the blob has gotten significantly larger. Any ideas? Is it the guts? Does it have a chance?


  2. I think that's unabsorbed yoke and things... Poor Baby [​IMG]

    Hopefully someone with more experience comes along but I don't think that looks good.
  3. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    Greenfield, MA
    It is the yolk that was not fully absorbed before hatching. It has ruptured and the contents spilled out. If the hatching was interfered with then the chick was pulled out of the shell almost a day too soon. If it hatched completely without "help" then it was probably due to too high of temperature during incubation/hatching. What will happen is hard to say. If the remnants can dry out and don't become infected then it might do okay.

  4. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    What day is your hatch day? That is unabsorbed yolk. He might make it. 50/50 chance I would say. sorry [​IMG]
  5. doodledoo

    doodledoo Songster

    Feb 29, 2008
    Cartersville, GA
    Today is day 21 and it did come out on its own. It was out when I got home from work so I am not sure how long it had been out. The others actually hatched last night so I took them out before going to work so this one was not bothered by any others during the hatch.
  6. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Songster

    Jul 20, 2008
    Make sure the poor lil guy is isolated, so the others don't pick him to death. Some make it some don't... hope this one does!
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Keep it warm. Keep it isolated. Try to encourage it to drink. Give it 3 drops of poly-vi-sol baby vitamins without iron per day to help give it a boost. If the yolk sac membrane starts to dry out it is a good sign. Don't touch them. Don't pull on them. If it continues to be weepy and yucky and oozes or bleeds you might want to consider having mercy and culling the baby instead of letting it suffer until it passes on its own.

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