8 week chick dead....now alive

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Hennypenny15, Oct 21, 2015.

  1. Hennypenny15

    Hennypenny15 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all,

    Hatched out 2 Cream legbar chicks. One born with crooked toes on one foot. Placed them in 24 X 36 cage in enclosed section of barn with heat lamp and newspaper down to start with then changing to shavings at 4 weeks. Crook toe smaller as both grow and dies no symptoms at 6 weeks. Feel chick had health/DNA problems from start. At 8 weeks 2nd who was growing well and feathered out nicely was found standing droopy and with head on cage floor and eyes shut. This chicks breast bone was very obvious when held. Not really respondsiive but did open eyes for a second. At end of day not looking better and still standing in same cornner. Next morning went out; chick flat on floor head to side eyes closed no movement. No loose or bloody droppings at time or now. Put on gloves and removed to a feed bag that I already had some rolled up newspaper in to bury later. Came out that evening to check other cage of chicks and saw that the feed bag was at an angle and about to fall over. I went to set it back up stragight when something rustled in it. A few heart palpations later my brain came back online and I realized that this was an enclosed room so only possible critter could be a mouse. Picked up bag looked inside and their was my chick standing up looking at me as perky as all get out. Picked her up and put back in cage at water and feed dishes and she started drinking and then ate some. Now a week later she is still fine..
    The only thing I did that changed their routine was take out the shavings and mat I has laid down so that chick was now standing on wire floor that is 1/2 " wide by 1" long at 7 weeks.. I have never had anything like this before...any thoughts.
     
  2. DeepDishChix

    DeepDishChix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my gosh! How did she/he do that? Do you think it could have been playing dead, or fainted or something like that? Out of 14 chicks, none have ever died on me, so i'm not really sure what happened. Maybe you have a magic chicken.[​IMG]
     
  3. Sonya9

    Sonya9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just a thought but maybe next time you should wait for rigor mortis. Small animals should show signs very quickly, within half an hour (starting in the smallest muscles and progressing to the larger muscles).

    If they are found "dead" but aren't stiff checking again in 30 minutes is probably wise.
     
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  4. Hennypenny15

    Hennypenny15 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well the chicken was stiff and being held in my hands so felt no movement as in breathing. :) Looked her over pretty good as was concerned about possible disease factors. Guess that was why very shocking to me when found her alive. Have raised quite a few chicks and never seen anything like this. Glad to say she is fit as a fiddle and just intergrated into main flock last week. Her name of course is Miracle!
     
  5. pullinV3s

    pullinV3s Out Of The Brooder

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    Maybe its Jesus! He came back as a Chicken to see what all the fuss was about! Glad he/she is doing well!
     
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  6. Akrnaf2

    Akrnaf2 The educated Rhino Premium Member

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    Maybe someone wanted to surprise you? Did you check candid camera? ;)
     
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  7. LeafBlade12345

    LeafBlade12345 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Creepy...she may have been in a coma...
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Was the chick warm or cold when you first found it?

    -kathy
     
  9. LeafBlade12345

    LeafBlade12345 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Always check dead chicks. Cold and stiff usually means dead, while warm and not stiff usually means alive or very recently deceased.
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    I think it was @ronott1 that said they aren't dead until they're warm and dead. [​IMG]

    -Kathy
     

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