Hi, really hope someone here can help.
We hatched some eggs under a broody. Everything went well, and nearly all the eggs hatched, but that's when our troubles started. One after the other, the chicks died, all within a few hours o hatching. It was so upsetting! Our three little boys were absolutely devastated that all the long-awaited chicks had died. :(
It took me a while to start suspecting the broody hen, because she was so diligently sitting on the eggs and clucking at the chicks, but I'm now thinking it might have been her who killed the chicks, because she pecked open at least one of the eggs and the chick is nowhere to be found. Did she eat it?!
We have one remaining chick left. It was the last one to hatch, and when I saw that the broody didn't even bother tying to keep it warm I scooped it up and brought it in the house.
It's very very weak, can't stand up for longer than a couple of seconds, and sleeps nearly all the time, breathing quite fast. Very occasionally it moves and chips, only to then collapse again. Our youngest boys has christened the chick 'Chicken Sick' because it's so poorly... We got it in a little box, under a lamp to provide some heat. It also has quite a few mites (this infestation happened when the broody was sitting on the eggs, and although I treated the coop and the broody it's clearly not been entirely successful). I dusted the chick a little with mite powder, careful not to get any onto its eyes or beak.
I've also fed the chick some sugar water and have scattered some chick crumb but it seems totally uninterested in eating and also doesn't try to drink by itself. Every hour or so I've dipped its beak into a shallow spoon with sugar water and that way have managed to get it to swallow some.
I realise the chances that it's still alive by tomorrow morning are pretty slim if if continues like this, but is there anything more I can do to help it?