Most of the time umbilical cords will fall off during the hatching process. There are times when it can take a few extras days to dry up and fall off naturally. When this happens you may notice a string or scabby spot below the vent area. For the safety of the bird, we urge you not to remove it as this may cause bleeding and or injury. If you notice its brooder mates picking at it, you may need to separate it until the cord has fallen off.
If you would like to help speed up the process of drying and to ensure no infection, you can apply iodine to the area. Do not use peroxide or alcohol. Apply the iodine with a q-tip once a day, for 2-3 days. Once the umbilical falls off you may notice a scabby area. This will also dry up and heal on its own.
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