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Hi there I'm new to raising chicks and new to BYC. I got a silkie from a farm, hatched 2days ago now. It's in with two other chicks that are 100%. The difference is , it won't eat at all or drink. I have to pick him up to make sure he's getting water from eye dropper. I softened the chick starter and use end of a cut off q tip to hold Infront of him , he eats a tiny tiny bit or none at all.

It's his behaviour that is odd, he is still clumsy, moves around a lot.. Eyes not always open, def never as wide as the other two. He does some pecking at the shavings but will not peck at the feed or drink water . seems confused I guess you could say . when he gets tired he drops his head to the ground face plant almost
Once in awhile he will sneeze, what's wrong! Please help!
post #2 of 8
Hi welcome-byc.gif

Glad you could join the flock! The first couple of day after hatch the chicks can be quite tired and still recovery from the hatching process that is very tiring for them. Have you tapped your finger in the chick crumb? This can encourage them to come and investigate what is happening. This is how a mother hen would introduce them to food by tapping her beak into it.
How old are your other chicks?

Chicks do sneeze just as we do but as you are giving him water by a dropper this could also be causing some sneezing if he's not drinking it all and some is getting in his nostrils.

Wishing you the very best of luck, I hope your chick perks up soon once he has had time to fully recover from hatch.

Enjoy BYC frow.gif
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Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice from Yorkshire Coop already so I'll just say hello! :frow

 

All the best

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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post #4 of 8
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I have definitely been doing the food dropping as well as scratching. The other chicks maybe older by a day but same size they act much different. This morning I noticed poop stuck to bum , is this sticky bum and what do you do ? Thanks so much for your help!
post #5 of 8
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Now it seems like he may be constipated I cleaned his vent with warm water , I can tell the poop is hard inside the vent, what should I do?
post #6 of 8

you can put some Vaseline on his vent.  Are the other chicks bumping him around?  Since he isn't  robust as they are - they probably are.  This would exhaust him even more. Maybe he needs to be a bit warmer than the others.  He is probably constipated because he isn't taking in enough fluids.   You could put a bit of sugar in the water to encourage him to drink more. 

 

I think he would do better in a brooder of his own, with heat lamp, and a little stuffed animal to cuddle with, and mirror so he doesn't think he is alone. He may need more heat than the others because he didn't have as good a start.

 

I don't think he sounds odd at all, he may have had a very rough hatch and trouble getting out of the egg etc.

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post #7 of 8
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I only have 3 and they are his size! They are very gentle they don't run him over or anything. Last night they all cuddled up together as usual. They are 3 buddies for sure luckily. He's starting to peck at things his poop is Getting better! but still have not seen him go for water on his own I have to keep giving it to him.

I guess the goal would be to Drink on his own and thst would guarantee survival? I dip his beak always .
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Friday he will be 6 days old and still not eating or drinking on his own, at what point should I start to worry
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