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Cream Legbar Chick Hatch Monday Morning, still not eating or drinking

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He was the only one that survived out of the eggs that I was trying to hatch and that's only bc I intervened when I realized that he was pipping the wrong way. Every time he would pip he would hit a vein bc you'd see blood coming through the crack so I intervened and opened the side he was coming through enough to make a slit around his beak area so he could breathe. It took him from Friday evening until Monday morning to hatch and he still needed help. He is now in the incubator with the new eggs but he seems lonely like he knows he's not supposed to be alone. I've been trying to get him to drink and eat all day. but he won't do it. He will swallow water (by mistake bc his beak happened to be open when I dipped it) and I haven't been able to get him to open his beak for food. This is my first time and I am SO SCARED that I'm going to lose him too! 

 

Also, how do I get him to sleep? The incubator is heated by a light bulb and I'm worried that the light is keeping him awake and maybe that could cause more problems? He still has a little round belly that I guess is from him absorbing the yoke? He chirps A LOT. He's not walking quite as much as I expected but he's getting stronger every hour or so. Just not eating/drinking or sleep. . .

 

NEED ADVICE FAST! I DO NOT WANT TO LOSE HIM TOO AS IT WOULD BREAK MY HEART! 

 

His name is Stephano. I will post pics later when my phone can upload it 

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If he just hatched this past Monday, he's probably fine - they live off the yolk they absorb at birth for a few days and generally don't have an appetite. You mentioned swallowing water - was that just when you dipped him or will he go to water on his own now?  Sometimes you can float a few pieces of chick crumble in their water and they'll peck at it (and subsequently start eating).  

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he doesn't go for the water but i think that's bc he's afraid that he's gonna fall in it bc he still stumbles a little. today is the 3rd day and last night i used a syringe to give him a few drops of water and now he will drink from it (pecking at the hole when he wants me to push another drop out). I wet his food and slipped some in his mouth this morning and he pecked at the rest i had on my finger, so he ate a few bites then stopped. BUT HE NEVER SLEEPS! I'm worried that the light in the incubator is keeping him up bc it IS just a regular light bulb and gives off quite a bit of light, but if I take him out he gets too cold. The only time he sleep is when I put him in the pocket of my hoodie and cup my hand over his head. Other than that he NEVER sleeps and he peeps loudly nonstop! My fiance said to put him under a blanket with me and get him to sleep, but I'm worried I'll fall asleep (or at the very least get nothing done around the house) and hurt him/squish him. Idk what to do, I'm in WAY over my head. I wish he had some chick mates.But I need an answer to his sleeping problem ASAP bc he's going on the 3rd day and still not sleeping.

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Single chicks generally don't do well.  Maybe check your local TSC/Feed or Hardware store and get him a friend or two?  Small brooders may get too hot with a full blown heat lamp, but most pet stores sell standard light bulb size red lights (for lizards and such) that may be an option - pick up a thermometer so you can keep the temp correct if you do this...

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