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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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We have a cockatiel baby that was assisted hatch. It has not

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We have a cockatiel baby that was assisted hatch. It has not absorbed all of its yolk sack. We have tied it off with dental floss and kept it warm over night. It is strong and chirping. It has been about 8 hours since it came out of shell and over 24 since the first pip. Just put it in with parents for them to feed, but we are concerned that they may break the yolk sac. Is there anything we can do to help? Any recommendations?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. The attachment of the yolk sac to the hatchling shouldn't be patent once a bird is hatched and so it can be snipped away safely. Any remaining stalk will slough off naturally. if you're concerned that it does remain patent, you can snip between your ligature and sac and allow the remaining stalk to slough. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.