36 hour old Amazon has blood pooling in wingtips after forced hatching
by Bruce Buchanan
(Corpus Christi, Texas)
I liberated a chick from its egg 48 hours past it due time. Pipping had begun on time but stopped, 36 hours later there was no more progress & sounds becoming weaker I opened the egg and discovered the live chick turned sideways and it was tangled in some quite dried out & tough sacking.
The chick was well developed but was dehydrated and 2 Grams underweight at 11 Grams. There was little or no feeding response and little will to thrive. I figured this guy was not going to live but I acted otherwise and started to hydrate and nourish our way back to life. With much focus, prayer and work “Little guy” now is 13 Grams, balances upright on his butt and has a good feeding response. It feels good to pull this off and see this little life now thriving.
Now what is the problem? The chick has dark red wing tips. They are almost purple. This appeared about 6 hours after the forced hatch. It is not an injury, it appears to be blood pooling in the most distal area of the wings and in one toe. After 24 hours the appearance remains the same, no more or less. The skin is somewhat taught at the discolored areas. There must be profusion because it seems that the wing tip is not cold to the touch and does not seem necrotic. I am speculating that there is some arterial problem preventing blood from returning back to hart. I have never seen this and don’t know what to make of it or what to do?