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Baby (2 week old) White and Lavender Chick Died Last Night

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When I found it, the little guy had travelled about 5 feet in the containment run and hid under some grass to keep warm, while is siblings were soaking up the warm with the two warming options I have for them.  I'm bummed.  This little cutie was all white with a dark, rich lavender bum.  I tried massaging it to warm it up in hopes it wasn't dead and I really felt like Lenny of Mice and Men.  It was pointless, little thing is dead.

I will now check and COUNT nightly to insure all together and not nestled far away..but what happened?  All other kids are happy, eating, thriving, chirping, roaming......why would a chick roam off and die?

post #2 of 6
Was it in the containment pen, for the first week they aren't very good at making decisions, probably just started walking and got disoriented, always keep them contained for at least a week, two is better. Sorry, they can get chilled pretty easy, we all make mistakes.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Thank you. I think that's what happened. It had this rich color of dark lavender on its bum, like an ink stain...I think it was to be a true purple silkie..darnit.
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It seems like those we really like are gone the soonest, and we are left with the scurvy bitter old hens. Hope all your other ones are thriving.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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I have another chick looking listless and not huddling with the crowd.  I am worried.  He (I call all unsexed chicks He, then I am pleasantly surprised when they are females) is opening and closing his beak with his eyes half closed.  He is 2 1/2 weeks old.  I syringed him with water infused with vitamins and electrolytes.  I then got a touch of softened food through a syringe into his beak.  A few minutes later he started chirping...not sure at this point if that's a good thing or not. My question:

1.  His 3 1/2 to 4 week old active siblings were starting to pummel him, so I separated him with a broody 3 1/2 month Japanese Bantam and two other tiny chicks.  Put a lamp on him with water and moistened food.  What other tactics can I do to help this critter along?  I just purchased sav-a-chic probiotic pack, will try to get that in him too.  Anything else?

 

All chicks and the broody Jappie Hen are in a contained run roughly 5 feet by 3 feet.  I have blocked off half of it after a little chick roamed off in the woods and died overnight. 

post #6 of 6
Sorry to hear that, I'm not really the one to answer for you as I usually don't intervene with young chicks, they seem okay or not okay and they pass, sounds like you are doing all you can, perhaps post this separately in the disease forum, maybe someone can help you. Good luck and sorry for not being helpful.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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