Wow I feel so dumb...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by melishkia, Jan 19, 2017.

  1. melishkia

    melishkia Out Of The Brooder

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    I just hatched two beautiful healthy baby chicks yesterday, my first time!

    Today I was checking them out for any pasty butt to find what appeared as "poo" stuck to one of the chicks. I soaked it for like 30 mins with no success, kind of pinched it a bit to see if it was softening, rubbed it, trying really hard to gently get it off. It looks like it was tearing skin so I stopped, consulted my friend who hatched to then say it's the umbilical cord ((I can't believe I didn't know they had one, I even questioned that during my 30 min soak)) I really hope I didn't just injure my chick, do you think it will be ok? I dried it really well and it's in there pecking away with its friend- ugh I'm so upset with myself cause I just had a baby, I know all about umbilical cords and infections.
     
  2. DwayneNLiz

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    put bacitracin or neosporin on it, maybe even a bandaid
    so long as you didnt pullout its intestines it *should* be fine
     
  3. melishkia

    melishkia Out Of The Brooder

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    the edge looks like when you try to pull a scab off too early. I didn't pull too hard because of that. I was afraid to put neosporin and have it stick or cause anything else to stick. Do you think that's a concern?
     
  4. DwayneNLiz

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    nope, hence the bandaid, use one of those little round bandaids and neosoporin

    u dont want it pecked at, and you dont want poop getting in it
     
  5. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Congratulations on your new chicks! I've hatched more than a few, and it's exciting (and a little nerve-wracking) each time.

    Like @DwayneNLiz said, your chick will probably be fine. Antibiotic ointment without pain reliever should help prevent infection, or you could spray with a wound healing spray like Vetericyn; I personally like Vetericyn because it's non-toxic and doesn't contain antibiotics so is a good first line of defense against infection.

    There's always something to learn with anything new - hatching chicks is no different, so don't be too hard on yourself. The BYC Learning Center has great educational resources: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-and-raising-chicks, and hanging out in the forums is also a good way to find out about (and be prepared for) some of the weird and unexpected things that can occur. [​IMG]
     
  6. melishkia

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    Thank you for the support, Ialso added organic ACV to their water, they are up and happy! Before I started trying to dislodge the umbilical cord, I searched all over BYC and looked at the hatching 101 etc tabs but nothing talks about an umbilical cord. I think it would be nice if it did include it unless I really overlooked it, I was really trying to find what pasty butt looked like.
     
  7. DwayneNLiz

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    Once at a real computer I can find you links, but if you want to peruse there is a link in my signature (which you can't see when mobile) called incu notes that will bring you to a page filled with lots of things to learn about
     
  8. melishkia

    melishkia Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the help everyone,

    little one wasn't even phased by it and they are getting bigger already!

    I freaked out for nothing I think...
     

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