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Can chicks drink breast milk?

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Word of warning, I strongly advise against Googling the above phrase.

Down to business: we have a chick that hasn't been eating on her own. We've been feeding her QuikChick/sugar water out of an eye dropper but she doesn't peck at the chick starter feed or go over to the QuikChick dish on her own. She is 4 days old. She's also quite small compared to the other chicks and gets pushed around a lot.

I had read that feeding chicks a small amount of yogurt might help with pastebutt (if that's the issue)...long story short, yogurt isn't readily handy, but breastmilk is. Thoughts?

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Yoghurt has probiotics, that's why it's recommended. Milk of any type doesn't. Dairy will often give birds loose droppings so I personally wouldn't use it for pasty butt which can be caused by loose droppings. Things like ground oatmeal and raw cornmeal are suppose to help, keeping the chick at a good temperature, not too hot or cold is important too. If your chick isn't responding at 4 days it might not make it, unfortunately not all do.
Edited by oldhenlikesdogs - 5/27/16 at 6:07pm
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Got it. Thank you!
We're crossing our fingers for this one!
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I have to think there's a possibility it would help. Having seen what it can do in humans (I've never seen a newborn eye infection clear so fast)...it's pretty amazing stuff - they don't call it "liquid gold" for nothing.

That said, we aren't talking about a mammal here and I have no idea how chickens do with dairy. I do see a lot of people giving them yogurt and I would think breastmilk would be similarly easier to digest than, say, pasteurized cows milk.
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Having seen what it can do in humans (I've never seen a newborn eye infection clear so fast)...it's pretty amazing stuff - they don't call it "liquid gold" for nothing.

Right? That was my line of thinking. I did give her a little before posting this and then got nervous that it might make things worse. She is definitely weaker than her mates, it could go either way for her. Going to give her some ground oatmeal but holding off on milk.
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