1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

1 New Buff Orp is not eating!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jazzpurr, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. jazzpurr

    jazzpurr Out Of The Brooder

    86
    2
    41
    Mar 2, 2007
    I got 25 Buff-Orps this morning. 12 hours later they
    are all terrific but one.

    She seems weak and tired and I cant get her to eat or drink.
    She pecked at the food but then starts falling asleep again.

    Can I hand feed her anything?
    Honey or milk?

    Helpppppp
     
  2. mandomama

    mandomama Chillin' With My Peeps

    241
    0
    129
    Mar 18, 2008
    corvallis oregon
    really I dont know anything, but what about some vitaimins? You just got them today right?
     
  3. mandomama

    mandomama Chillin' With My Peeps

    241
    0
    129
    Mar 18, 2008
    corvallis oregon
    what if you ground some chick food and mixed it with water and used a syringe to feed her/him?
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    7,505
    19
    301
    Jan 30, 2007
    WV
    Shipped or local?...Might want to try getting alittle sugar water down her for energy, just dip her beak in it....probably stressed out...
     
  5. jazzpurr

    jazzpurr Out Of The Brooder

    86
    2
    41
    Mar 2, 2007
    I tried the finely ground meal and water. I got some in her and
    she finally pooped a little but it was just water.

    She seems to be struggling to swallow.

    I just gave her a dose of the sugar and water. She is unchanged
    from a few hours ago.

    Thanks for your suggestions. We will keep watch and wait.
     
  6. jazzpurr

    jazzpurr Out Of The Brooder

    86
    2
    41
    Mar 2, 2007
    The one Buff died. I turned him over and his stomach was extended and
    almost black. If I had to guess I'd say he couldn't poop.

    That was sad. Poor little gal.

    Everyone else is motoring right along.

    Can you tell I'm not a hunter...


    Now that I know what it was..what can I do if I ever see those symptoms again. I feel like I could have done something.
     
  7. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    954
    1
    151
    Feb 3, 2008
    Raymond, Mississippi
    Was his/her vent blocked by any chance? Young chicks often get pasty and stopped up. If that was it, you simply gently clean the vent with warm water and I think put a dab of mineral oil on the vent. Do a search on the forum for pasty and see what comes up. You'll find out how to treat that correctly in quite a few threads. Sorry you lost the little one.
     
  8. jazzpurr

    jazzpurr Out Of The Brooder

    86
    2
    41
    Mar 2, 2007
    I don't think it was pasty butt. We were prepared for that and my wife has been vigilant with cleaning the slightest crust.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by