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Oh man, that is a little slip of a thing! Where there is life, there is Hope. 

Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great Love. 

 

Still VERY new to keeping chickens, but loving this site!

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Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great Love. 

 

Still VERY new to keeping chickens, but loving this site!

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My baby chick was stuck in her shell for 3 days! I thought I was doing the right thing but realized she really was stuck after reading other articles.

I had to help hatch her and she is doing pretty well but is still having a hard time sitting up.

Her feathers look like they dried wet. She is very strong but is still having a heck of a time holding her head up. I don't want her to get dehydrated so I still have her in incubator. She is climbing over the other eggs. I tried giving her some water with gatorade and she just chirps and chirps and shakes her head when I try to get her to take some mixture.

 

Help!!!!

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My baby chick was stuck in her shell for 3 days! I thought I was doing the right thing but realized she really was stuck after reading other articles.

I had to help hatch her and she is doing pretty well but is still having a hard time sitting up.

Her feathers look like they dried wet. She is very strong but is still having a heck of a time holding her head up. I don't want her to get dehydrated so I still have her in incubator. She is climbing over the other eggs. I tried giving her some water with gatorade and she just chirps and chirps and shakes her head when I try to get her to take some mixture.

 

Help!!!!

 

I had the same problem. Take her out so she doesn't damage the other eggs and place her in her own little, warm brooder where she can easily grip the surface. I also held these chicks, helping them stretch their joints out while keeping them warm and comfortable. Then get some warm (not hot or cold) water with electrolyte mix in it and put it in something like a measuring spoon. Dip her beak in it and she will react most likely by tipping her head back. You can also put a drip of the liquid on your finger and touch it to her beak.

 

Our chicks needed help hatching and took a couple days to be able to stand, so this care is important. But now they are thriving young adults with strong legs and a healthy body.

 

Don't be too quick to put water in with her as she may drown in it and keep her away from more rowdy chicks that may step on her or peck at her until she is strong enough.

 

I hope this helps! Best of luck!

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