We hatched out several chicks this week. All went from the incubator to a "Little Giant" set at 92 degrees F as their first 24 hour brooder. I went out for 3 hours, and when I returned, the heater had malfunctioned and 6 of the 9 chicks were dead. One more died within an hour. Two have survived - one, with hardly any noticable issues, but the second is a mess.
We are syringe feeding her baby bird handfeeding formula, and she does take it. She's pooping OK. She sleeps all the time, and seems to have a neurological issue. At first, it looked like wry neck to me, with the typical "star-gazing" posture. Now, it is more like twitching, or head rolling. Almost more Parkinson's Disease-like movement. I have been giving her an entire vitamin E capsule morning and night, and at first, I thought it might be helping, but she is looking worse today. Will head out later and grab some selenium, but would appreciate other thoughts/ideas as to anything I can do to help this little lady.
I realize that this is pretty dire, and I will cull her if that is the kindest thing to do. That said, I would like to do everything I can to give her a fighting chance, if there is any chance. She is three days old today.
Thanks for any advice or suggestions you can offer - much appreciated!
Michelle in Massachusetts