5 minute old chick fell into water trough, emergengy

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sethsleader, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. sethsleader

    sethsleader Songster

    Apr 14, 2009
    Right my 5 minute old chick climbed over the side of the tray into the water trough.
    As its my first hatch ive been watch them constantly, once the chick fell in I went and got a spoon because it was a very tiny gap lifted the lid and scooped him out. Hes breathing, but weak. Ive covered the gap now

    What should I do? [​IMG]
    Will he die?

  2. He may be ok...time will tell.

    You need to put pebbles, marbles...or something like that in the water trough to keep them from getting in too far.

    Or...take the large water trough out and put in another container with water. I use a jar lid for the first few days...then progress to deeper containers.
  3. NancyDz

    NancyDz Songster

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    I think she means the water trough in the incubator not a waterer. A 5 minute old chick does not need food or water for 24 hours .

    Dry off the chick as much as possible and keep it WARM, the incubator is a good place but not if it can get near the water again.... If not put it in the brooder making sure it is at least 100 degrees in the brooder. Keep an eye on the chick and adjust temp according to if it seems in distress.

    Good luck!

  4. Well...duh! You can tell I wasn't paying much attention to what I was reading [​IMG]

    Agree with Nancy...keep warm and dry and hope for the best!

  5. sethsleader

    sethsleader Songster

    Apr 14, 2009
    Bettie th mutt made it through the night!! [​IMG]
  6. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Songster

    Jun 29, 2009
    Awesome! You'll have to name her Scuba. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2009
  7. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    You have my prayers. I too lost the first chick I hatched this weekend in the very small bowl of water the we put in the bator to raise the humidity. I will never put open water in the bator again. I will use wet sponges if i need to raise the humidity again.

  8. So sorry Bugged...[​IMG]

    Glad the baby is doing well!! [​IMG]
  9. Nif

    Nif Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    If Scuba (great name!) made it through the night I would have to say he/she should be ok! I would definitely name him Scuba or Minnow...something along those lines. How about Flipper?[​IMG]

  10. sethsleader

    sethsleader Songster

    Apr 14, 2009
    I think I might call it 'matchstick' cos thats what I need! I was up every hour of the night checking the little fuzz butt! [​IMG]
    Couldn't nap today because of the 4 kids that need constant TLC.

    Just sooooooooo glad hes ok [​IMG]

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