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On Feb 12th I brought home 11 new day old chicks. 6 americana, 2 rhode island reds, and 3 gold barbanters. All 3 of the gold barbanters had pasty butt 2 days ago and I cleaned them up. However, one of the gold barbanters has significantly less energy than the other chicks. To the point of laying it's head down and just doesn't have the energy of the other birds. Is there anything I can do?

I have them in a 4'x3' brooder with medicated feed and fresh water. The temp ranges from 90 to 100 degrees.
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You could try adding vitamin supplements / electrolytes to their drinking water - that may help a little.

 

Good luck 

 

CT

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I just read this while trying to find out info on brabanters.  I have 25 chicks all the same age, 5 days now. Of them the 6 brabanter chicks seem to be the most tired too.  Here is what I did (Background info: I received 19 chicks on Thursday.  Then on Sat we saw the Brabanters at a local feed store (I am on 2 wait lists for them) so we decided to go ahead and get them while we had the chance.  The brabanters were at the crowded feed store from Thursday to Saturday when they came home with me):

On Sunday afternoon I separated my brabanters for about 2 hours to observe them better and by themselves.  I gave EACH of them electrolyte/probiotic water (SaveAChick) from a dropper so I knew they were drinking it.  I had 4 that were eating, drinking, active and acting like the rest so I reintroduced them back to the flock.  And I gave the entire flock electrolyte/probiotic in their waterer.  

However, I had one brabanter that was VERY sick.  She stopped eating and drinking and was just hanging over her head droopy. I gave her electrolye/probiotic water every 5-15 minutes depending on how she was acting and how much she would drink.  I mushed up food with water for her to eat, she ate none.  I made her an egg yoke, she ate none.  I continued to give her water until she just wouldn't drink anymore at all.  I thought for sure she wasn't going to make it.  I kept her isolated with one other barbanter and decided to "let time pass".  I was crushed but I know I did everything I could.

When I came back 3 hours later she was eating and drinking and no longer standing droopy.  I don't know what worked and I can't offer any tips.  I gave each brabanter another dropper of electrolyte/probiotic water again Sunday night and again Monday morning.  So far all 6 of my brabanters are still eating and drinking.  They do seem to just want to lounge around more than the others though.

I am still watching them all very closely and and I put fresh electrolyte/probiotic water out for the flock this morning.  With 29 chicks I have spend a lot of time just watching to make sure each one gets water and food.  I will watch a chick until I see it eat and drink.  Then I will watch another chick.  Of the 7 breeds I have these seem to be the most delicate.     


Edited by mamahmendez - 2/22/16 at 8:06am

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Thank you so much for the reply.

I essentially did the same thing. Electrolytes via medicine dropper. So far my barbanters are still doing good. They are just growing much slower than my other chicks. They (2 weeks old now) are about the same size as my 1 week old cuckoo marans. The lady at the feed store told me they are just weekly little birds. This is my first batch of babies so I've been leaning on info on byb and the feed store for advice.
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Originally Posted by bayou bird View Post

Thank you so much for the reply.

I essentially did the same thing. Electrolytes via medicine dropper. So far my barbanters are still doing good. They are just growing much slower than my other chicks. They (2 weeks old now) are about the same size as my 1 week old cuckoo marans. The lady at the feed store told me they are just weekly little birds. This is my first batch of babies so I've been leaning on info on byb and the feed store for advice.

I was just wondering how your barbanters were doing now?  Mine are almost 3 weeks old now.  

Humans (4) - Me, Adventurous Husband, Go-Getting Daughter and a Son that communicates with all animals

Dogs (2) - Miniature Pinscher and Plott Hound    Cat (1) - A greige Tortie/Tabby

Chickens (25) - Brabanters, Spitzhauben, Barred Rock, Welsummers, Buff Orp, Easter Eggers, Gold Sex Links

Ducks (4) - Anconas, more coming 6/5     Beehives (1) - Italian Honeybees, more to come

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Humans (4) - Me, Adventurous Husband, Go-Getting Daughter and a Son that communicates with all animals

Dogs (2) - Miniature Pinscher and Plott Hound    Cat (1) - A greige Tortie/Tabby

Chickens (25) - Brabanters, Spitzhauben, Barred Rock, Welsummers, Buff Orp, Easter Eggers, Gold Sex Links

Ducks (4) - Anconas, more coming 6/5     Beehives (1) - Italian Honeybees, more to come

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Mine are doing great. They are almost 4 weeks old and feathering out nicely. All of them are significantly smaller than all of my other chicks (even cuckoo marans that are 1 week younger). After a shaky 1st week, they've been much more stable.
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Mine as smaller than my others too.  But, all 6 made it.  I still think they so beautiful, even at just 3 weeks old.  So glad to hear yours are doing great too.

Humans (4) - Me, Adventurous Husband, Go-Getting Daughter and a Son that communicates with all animals

Dogs (2) - Miniature Pinscher and Plott Hound    Cat (1) - A greige Tortie/Tabby

Chickens (25) - Brabanters, Spitzhauben, Barred Rock, Welsummers, Buff Orp, Easter Eggers, Gold Sex Links

Ducks (4) - Anconas, more coming 6/5     Beehives (1) - Italian Honeybees, more to come

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Humans (4) - Me, Adventurous Husband, Go-Getting Daughter and a Son that communicates with all animals

Dogs (2) - Miniature Pinscher and Plott Hound    Cat (1) - A greige Tortie/Tabby

Chickens (25) - Brabanters, Spitzhauben, Barred Rock, Welsummers, Buff Orp, Easter Eggers, Gold Sex Links

Ducks (4) - Anconas, more coming 6/5     Beehives (1) - Italian Honeybees, more to come

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My cuckoo and brabanter both seem to be doing ok right now, however I lost the Iowa blue on the same day I got her. I suppose I could have tried to force her to drink more often, every 15 minutes is a lot more than what I did, I suppose it couldn't hurt. Also is there a cooler part if the brooder they can go? 90-100 seems high for chicks that old but I could be wrong?
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I've been gradually decreasing the temp as they get older. Now the Temps range from about 75-85. My brooder is in my detached shop and isn't climate controlled. So it gets to about 75 on the chilly nights.
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