3 day old chick not eating feed

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kensington, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. Kensington

    Kensington Hatching

    Feb 16, 2008
    Hello everyone,

    I found an abandoned baby chick wandering out in the yard and got him set up in big box with all the comforts, but he doesn't seem to be all that interested in his food yet. I have a little dish of starter, and some spread out on the ground, which he kind of pecks at but isn't really eating. He's drinking water, has an amazing little personality, and otherwise seems healthy, I'm just worried that he might not be right inside or something.

    Thank you for your advice,
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Kens...is this one of your hens babies?? I would hard boil an egg...and chop it up...try feeding it to the wee one. MOST babies will eat hard boiled egg. Got pics?? You might want to try to put some cooked rice in for it as well.....just a few pieces at first..hopefully it will eat it! Good luck, I hope it eats for ya...oh..and got pics??
  3. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    Yes try scrambled or hard boiled egg - all mushed up. That's what my 12 new babies are getting today for their first meal and they are gobbling it up and chasing each other for a piece.

    If it won't eat on it's own you may have to gently open its beak and put a small piece in.
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Hi, make a wet mash with the starter. Chick might be having trouble with the size of the crumbles.
  5. Nefertiti

    Nefertiti In the Brooder

    Nov 5, 2007
    Central Virginia
    Just a drop or two of a sweet red wine may do it some good. Mashed boiled egg is usually one of the first foods we offer chicks.

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