I purchased 4 baby chicks yesterday that are supposed to be 3 cuckoo marans and 1 pekin. The cuckoos are supposed to be about 6 weeks old and the pekin around 8. For starters I think the seller lied to me about their age. After reading through many of the threads on here about Pekin and Cuckoos I think they are much younger.
My biggest fear though is the smallest chick, one of the cuckoos and I think the only female, is not eating or drinking. She is smaller than the others and only has a couple of actual feathers on her wings, unlike the others are both starting to look a bit strange.
We have tried feeding her mash, milk soaked cereal, and a mixture of finely cut leafy veg and rice. She tried to peck at the rice, but does not successfully get any into her mouth. I also have no yet seen her drink any water, and here in QLD Australia it's very hot. She is very sleepy, no where near as energetic as the other chicks, she has also started flopping on to the ground and drooping her wings.
Any advice at this point would be appreciated. I am unsure on how to force feed her some water or if this even a good idea? And should I leave her in the coop with her siblings or keep her inside in a box with me to watch? Over protective new mum alert!
The youngest who is not eating, hopefully a girl
The largest cuckoo, possible roo
Chick on left; middle sized cuckoo, very light in colour with a big spot, I suspect is definitely a roo
Top middle; this bigger chick is meant to be the Pekin. She definitely has short fluffy left like a pekin, but colours like the cuckoo. I am hoping she is a girl as she only has a very small pale comb.