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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 12:01 pm 
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Good morning,
I purchased 5 australorp chicks yesterday and the breeder was going to keep the 6th to euthanaise as it born with the yolk sac attached and did not look great. I am soft, so I said to put it in with its brothers and sisters and I would see how it went. It has been eating, drinking and pooing. It is significantly smaller than the others, but mobile and seems to hold its own when the others jump around it.

When I checked them this morning the 'growth' looked a bit weepy, so I cleaned it with a warm washer. Should I be doing anything else to treat it?

I have attached a photo of the growth and of the group - it is the little one at the top.

Thanks in advance, Amy.


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A saline wash is about the best that you can do. At 3 days old it is unlikely to improve. I would be prepared to euthanize it if it doesn't soon improve as infection is likely and it will probably never thrive.
Good luck and keep us posted.


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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 6:28 pm 
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Thanks, I hope it doesn't come to that!


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Update - I had to get my Dad to come and take the chick to euthanise today. It was getting weaker and seemed to have some sort of bulge growing where the yolk sac was that was making it walk with very splayed legs. It was very sad, but I didn't want it to suffer.


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It is hard but I know you have made the right decision.



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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 10:33 pm 
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Thank you Ron.


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