Ok, all. Nervous chick mama here. We brought home 5 chicks today (posted above!) and they looked good when we picked them up. Got them home and they are all really lethargic. I know transport is stressful, but the chicks we got in the mail seemed to be far more active than the ones we brought home in the car today. When I checked before they were all huddled by the wall in a heap, but I moved them under the MHP.
Here are some details:
They are 2-3 weeks old
They seem to be laying fairly flat- I never saw my last round of chicks lay like they are
I haven't seen them drink or eat, but I did dip beaks to show them the water.
I haven't seen them poop in the brooder but on the way home there was lots of normal looking poop.
Any ideas? Just tired/stressed from the move? Did they get too cold on the way home? Are they weak from not eating/drinking for half of a day?
What do you think about leaving them under the MHP? I'm nervous with how lethargic they are that they won't move to a good spot if they are too hot or too cold.
It's taking all of my will power to leave them alone for a bit because I'm sure continuing to poke around is stressing them out, but I am SO scared that they are not ok. Help!
I'm new but well read. Sounds like dehydration and an electrolytes imbalance.