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  1. 21hens-incharge

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    .....adding.... The 2 new chicks were outside on pasture before you got them. I would do a round of treatment. I would also remove the grit if they are eating large amounts still.
  2. 21hens-incharge

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    She certainly looks better today! :thumbsup
  3. 21hens-incharge

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    @azygous is certainly much more knowledgeable than I am when it comes to issues chicks can have. She makes a good point about the eyes and possible internal issues. They will sleep in a heap so the splash should be fine for heat.....do listen for loud peeping though.
  4. 21hens-incharge

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    I have had the occasional bird that stuffed themselves and had a huge crop. It looks to me like she just made a pig of herself. Being sleepy may be because she ate so much. With solid sides on the brooder and where the heat lamp is it is possible she did indeed get to warm. Solid sides hold in...
  5. 21hens-incharge

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Looks like she needs to rest and digest. I bet she will be feeling much better in the morning. Leave the heat lamp off and see how they do. If they start peeping loudly check on them of course. I bet they just go to bed and sleep quietly.
  6. 21hens-incharge

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Can you go in, turn the room light on and take a few pics. The brooder itself so we can see where the heat lamp is currently and size of the brooder. Yes pics of the chick will help us to help you. Just 2-3 pics are needed. The chick itself whether standing or laying and that crop.
  7. 21hens-incharge

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    I also only add electrolytes to the water for 2-3 days for fresh shipped chicks. After that it is plain clean water.
  8. 21hens-incharge

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    As long as they are active when the room light (not heat lamp) is on they are ok. Piling up to sleep in a heap is normal. Peeping loudly and constantly is a sign of distress. If they aren't hollering all is ok. Pics of the new poorly feeling bird? Try for a pic of the whole bird standing or...
  9. 21hens-incharge

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Sounds like she is a real trooper! Might consider adding a wire cover to the brooder so she doesn't go wandering about where there isn't food, water and heat. I am hoping having new friends helps her.
  10. 21hens-incharge

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Checking in to hopefully hear she calmed down, digested her food and had a decent night.
  11. 21hens-incharge

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Do you have a small mirror and stuffed animal you can put in with her? It helps a lot with lone chicks.
  12. 21hens-incharge

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    If she is still trying to eat the bedding tomorrow I would take all the bedding out and put an old towel as bedding for a few days.
  13. 21hens-incharge

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    I am really thinking she will digest the giant amount she ate....it may take several hours to notice the crop getting smaller. Is she still drinking?
  14. 21hens-incharge

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Hang in there I tagged a couple really great folks that may have different/better advice.
  15. 21hens-incharge

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    I think I want to tag a few folks to make sure I am not steering you wrong..... @azygous @Wyorp Rock @casportpony If any of you are online can you help out. I am not 100% sure I gave good info.
  16. 21hens-incharge

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    With any animal that has been without food for an extended amount of time YOU have to slow them down by allowing small amounts frequently until they have recovered. Take the dish out now. Let her rest (and hopefully digest a bunch of what she wolfed down). Give three tablespoons once an hour...
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