Chicks that don't/won't open their eyes. - Page 3
I have seen this situation before as well, but it is usually simple to correct. Chicks that don't open their eyes or keep closing them are usually suffering from shipping stress and/or hypothermia. If you have a chick refusing to open it's eyes, do the following steps in order:
1. Warm them. You may think they are warm enough, but they likely are not. Check to see if their feet feel warm. If not, they are much too cold. Warm them with a heating pad on the lowest setting and covered by a towel, with warm towels from the dryer and a brooder lamp, your own bodyheat, etc.t
2. Give fluids. Once the chick is thoroughly warm, mix mildly warm water with powdered electrolytes such as Morning Bird's Thrive, Sav-A-Chick, or use unflavored undiluted Pedialyte/pediatric electrolyte solution, but make sure to mix in a bit of honey or molasses. If you don't have honey or molasses, you can use plain table sugar. Then dip the chicks beak in it. Do not allow it to drink very much, just a small sip or two at first.
3. Monitor the chick for vomiting. If it starts to spit up water or saliva, tip the chick forward to clear the airway. Use a cotton swab to clear the mouth if you must. If no vomiting results after 10-15 minutes, administer additional electrolyte solution. Keep on doing that every 20 or 30 minutes for 2 or 3 hours. By now the chick should be recovering and acting hungry. If no more vomiting, proceed to Step 4.
4. Feed the chick. Recovering chicks usually aren't up to eating chick starter at first. Hard boil an egg and finely chop/mash it. Add in some corn meal if you have it. Or you can soften chick starter with water, but in my experience, the egg works much better. Offer it to the chick and it should begin eating well.
I have saved many a chick using these steps. Good luck!!
I picked up my chicks from the post office yesterday and I have one chick that keeps it's eyes closed almost all the time. It does not eat and it is having trouble standing up. I gave it its own box and gave it a small dish of water with a tiny bit of sugar in it. Could it just be weak from the two days it took for it to be mailed? Is there anything else I can do?