Originally Posted by Toshiko24
I ordered my babies from Cackle Hatchery. 5 Splash, 5 Silver Laced, and 5 Gold Laced Cochins. They hatched on Wednesday May 21st and was shipped the same day. They arrived some time late the next day and I was able to pick them up first thing when the post office opened Friday 23rd. Sadly one of my Splash and the extra GL chick they put in died in shipping. They are 6 days old today and the surviving 14 are still here but I have been having problems with my Splash Cochins. Sunday one Splash was just sleeping and not eating or drinking and had no energy, so I boiled an egg and got him to eat some and it seemed to perk right up and has seemed fine since but yesterday another Splash is doing the same thing so I boiled another egg and got it to eat a little of it but this one is still very energy less today. Is it ok to keep giving them a little egg with no grit? I read that the egg had a lot of protein and what not for them. If I set it by the water or food it will get a drink and pick at the food a little but otherwise it just wants to sit under the light. Everyone else seems to be happy go lucky and growing fine.
This is them at 2 days old.
It sounds like travel stress. No, it is not ok to feed egg without grit. Go get a small bag of chick sized granite grit. This needy one doesn't need food as much as it needs energy to thrive. Right now it is too weak to digest any helps you re giving it. Don't despair, do this:
Go to your local tractor supply or feed store and get a small bottle of either Pet Nutri-Drops or Poultry Nutri-Drench. These products are made by specialist Bovidr Labs. They do not need to be digested. They mainline directly into the bloodstream 50% uptake in 30 minutes. measurable in the bloodstream in 10-15 minutes. 99% uptake available in the solution. It is very concentrated. Just one drop by mouth every 8-10 hours as needed. Add 2cc's per gallon to their water for the 1st 2 weeks to get them off to a strong start. Use these usage and dosage instructions for either product. they are interchangeable. the 4 oz. bottle is plenty for your needs It comes with a dropper in the lid. Do not feed this chick probiotics right now. The mission is to use these products to give the chick energy to try and live. Once that is accomplished you can think about food. The chick can live on this for several days. Keep water handy. 2 of them one regular and one with the drop/drench in it.
Here's a fuller explanation: read post one:
Hurry now, you are running out of time.
and after your chick is better do this:
Edited by 3riverschick - 5/27/14 at 2:49pm