Originally Posted by LilyBird
Aart that is what I was thinking...the stiffer wire would be a better structure. And if I'm going to wrap the whole thing in a pillow case, there shouldn't be any way of them getting stuck in it...right?
Go with the stiffer wire, flip it upside down, put the heating pad on the underside, put the whole thing in a pillowcase, then bungee it all together. You can also tape the pillow case opening closed if you want. When you flip back rightside up, you have a MHP cave that they can't get caught in.
Originally Posted by aart
Her crop was full this morning?
It should be empty in the morning, so maybe her digestive system is backed up.
So she can control her head?
Cause it didn't look like it in the video.
Still looks neurological to me, they can have some weird involuntary movements.
I'd post the video and details in the emergencies forum.
Originally Posted by Jensownzoo
I agree with aart about the neuro signs. Weird vitamin deficiency is still high on my list. If she were flipping her head up, I'd say it was a thiamine deficiency. Lickily, the Nutri-drench is a lovely vitamin supplement, so if it is that then you're already treating it.
I am thinking that aart and Jensownzoo are right...it sure looks neurological to me, as well. Keep us posted, would you please? I've never seen anything like that.
Originally Posted by beautifulpirate
Came by to pay final dues to the broody brigade. The babies graduated from MHP and the brood box. They moved to their new home tonight.
And they got their first house guest...
I'm sure I'll be back in to chat and definitely will be back WHEN we get more chicks. We got too many roos this round so they'll head to freezer camp in a couple months and we'll get a couple more ladies to add in.
Thanks for all your great advice guys!!!
You are so very welcome! Don't be a stranger!!! And congrats! Job well done!
Originally Posted by Labrador Lady
Great heating pad idea !! I have 3 baby chicks in my laundry room still too young to go out in the coop with my 5 other hens. I bought another coop for my baby chicks I grow up a little. There is what appears to be a very broody hen today. She refuses to leave her box all day today. Is this normal ? She isn't molting yet. I thought about letting her brood over my 3 new baby chicks in their new coop. Any thoughts on this ?
Depends on how long she sticks.....put some fake eggs under her and see how she does. She probably won't take those new chicks if you just try to stick them under her before she's really sticking to the nest and setting well, and that can take a little time. If she doesn't want those chicks just yet, you probably won't have them the day after you give them to her. But I'll let someone with more experience with broodies field that question for a more definitive answer. There are always exceptions...
Originally Posted by TerryH
Thanks for the encouraging words. I needed them. It's been a tough week. I've been working like crazy every spare moment on the coop. Problems at my work beyond my control but still eating at me. Hardly slept and now this. Once everyone got me pointed in the right direction I found several threads on the vitamin E deficiency. What an amazing resource BYC is. Not sure if I just continue with just the NutriDrench or add actual vitamin E and/or Selenium?? I'm determined to give this little baby everything she needs to survive this.
That's exactly how I felt when we found the Little Stinker cold and unresponsive. I had to try!! Good luck!