Originally Posted by hippiechickX4
I do have one that is a little lethargic at times. When everyone else is eating or drinking she's over in the corner swaying back and forth and looks like she's sleeping standing up. I honestly can't tell if she's eating or drinking because of how many there are. She's also the littlest of all of them. Is there anything I can do for her?
Get an old towel, spread it on floor or surface near brooder, scramble an egg and mash it up fine, mix it with a little peep feed and put it on a small plate or dish....
Mix some vitamins with a half cup of water, add a teaspoon of brown sugar and place it in a small dish, keep a spoon handy.
Place the food and water on the towel, get out the sleepy chick and one other which is smaller but normally active and place them on the towel, tap the edge of the food dish with your fingernail while softly calling "chook, chook, chook", the active chick will probably come to check what the 'funny looking broody ' is telling them is good, hopefully the sleepy one will follow.
If the normal chick eats but the other doesn't you can get a spoonful of the water and dip the sleepy one's beak into it to try to get it to drink. They can be stubborn but normally have an instinctive swallowing reaction if their beak gets wet. If you can get a couple of cc's of supplemented water into it then let it rest, it may then do fine on it's own.
If a chick refuses to drink you have limited options...keep it somewhere you can observe it to confirm it isn't eating or drinking, if you are positive it isn't then you would have to provide it fluid through either injection or tube feeding...those are extreme measures, but learning how to do it may be needed if you want to go to extreme measures to save a chick...some folks opt to not use that intensive of therapy, it is a personal decision.