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3 day old chick

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One of two, the other did not hatch and died on day 26, this one did not hatch until day 23/24 and took forever.I left it in the incubator because there was room. But it has never thrived. Never been horribly noisy, just lays there, eyes closed, it also never appeared to dry off, but when I moved it yesterday to the brooder it was hard and dry. After a few hours in the brooder I come in and little chick is laid on its side, heavy breathing. I turned off the light in case it overheated. I rubbed it down gently which fluffed it up and gave some nutridrench. Still, this morning, just laying there. Eyes closed and still acts like walking is a chore, but at least it is chirping this morning. Is this a result of late hatch? Something wrong with the egg? My incubator is checked and double checked so everything was the exact same as every other hatch. These were part of a staggered hatch (one week different) where 8/9 of those hatched.
Edited by SnazzyJazzy - 11/6/15 at 5:30am
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Hi,

Check the vent. Does it have pasty butt? That would be a clot of dried poop sealing the anus so it can't poop. That clot needs to be washed with warm water and gently massaged off so the bird can poop or it will die. Then put a bit of Vaseline around the anus so future poop won't cling to the feathers. Keep up with a drop of the Nutri-Drench every 8-10 hours until you get this solved or the chick is perky.

 Best,

 Karen


Edited by 3riverschick - 11/6/15 at 9:53pm

Walt Boese strain and Tewart flock of Pure English  Light Sussex

My flock now resides with Farmer Karl in PA.   

  I know he will do well by them. Karl is a knowing poultry man.

RIP Hellbender, my friend. Good friend, good heart, gone too soon.

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Walt Boese strain and Tewart flock of Pure English  Light Sussex

My flock now resides with Farmer Karl in PA.   

  I know he will do well by them. Karl is a knowing poultry man.

RIP Hellbender, my friend. Good friend, good heart, gone too soon.

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It definitely was not pasty butt. Fed him (he has been Potter-ized and is named Hagrid) yogurt and made a mash of his feed. I gave him water, and after 24 hours in the box he perked up. Not sure if hes eating, and he acts like he might be blind. Long story short, not sure what ailed him, but he seems to be a perky, happy little baby now.
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