Picked my bantam chicks up at 6:30 am yesterday. Out of 15 had 1 DOA, 1 passed in the evening, and 2 more are struggling. For some reason, I thought they were going to include a heat pack and grow gel with my chicks. They did not include those or any "extras". 1 was laying on its back this morning and I saw bubbles come out of its mouth, so I turned it over.
I'm not actually crying but it is difficult. Anxiety is my enemy!
I'm planning to use mamma heating pad, but used a light last night so I could keep vigil to help everyone make it to food and water. They are so exhausted from shipping. I provided boiled egg yolk (haven't seen them all eat it yet), honey electrolyte water (no vitamins yet, getting that today), fermented feed, dry feed (loose on the floor).
I can't figure out how to pry their beaks open. Can't get my finger nail in the middle, it's so tight. When I finally do get it open, closes before I can get anything in there. Any suggestions?
In 3 years, this is my first loss. All previous chicks came from local feed stores. So I know loss is par for the course, especially for shipped chicks. But is there anything more I could or should be doing?