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Hello! I need some advice. I am a new chicken owner and I just got 4 baby chicks this week. They are all from a farm here in SoCal and are vaccinated. My Buff Orpington is almost 3 weeks old and started to act strange today. She seems to be weak and shaky. She has been sitting under the lamps most of the day with her eyes shut and tries to cuddle under our bigger baby chicken. The good news is she is eating and taking water. I have gave her some sugar water to see if it will help her but no improvement. Also tried mashing some hard boiled egg into her feed. They already have electrolytes that go into the water. I don't think the brooder is cold because all the other chicks see to be happy and roam around it and don't stay cuddled under the lamps like she does. We are keeping the brooder a little above 80* because we have a baby chick who is almost 4 weeks. Any advice would be highly appreciated! I am already so attached to her and don't want to lose her! Thank You!
- from a worried new chick owner!
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Welcome to BYC :frow I'm sorry to hear your chick is unwell. Have you looked at her droppings? Anything unusual there, blood etc?

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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Thank you so much for replying to me! I am up late worried sick about her cause I have grown such an attachment to her in such a small amount of time! I have been watching her droppings and they look normal.
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Maybe the particular temp. is too cold for her and that is why she is trying to cuddle under the others and also stays under the lamp.  You might try Polyvisol infant drops (NO IRON),  giving her 2 drops  3 x a day.  If she will accept the drops on food that would be great.  If not gently deposit the drops just inside her beak - so she can push them out if she doesn't want to swallow them.

 

You may also want to post at "emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures." thread, in full detail.  I hope she will start feeling better.

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When I don’t measure up to much in this life
Oh, I’m a treasure in the arms of Christ (forgiven ~ Sanctus real))
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