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Advice on 2 day old chick, please....update..

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by VettekLisa, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. VettekLisa

    VettekLisa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a silkie chick that was hatched on Sunday, 12-14-08.
    This chick is not eating or drinking on its own. It won't stand
    up, but uses its beak and hocks to move around. Its feet feel
    very soft, almost like there is no bone in them.

    I am mixing warm water with the chick starter and feeding it by
    syringe to the chick. It will eat/drink that way.

    Any advice on this chick?

    4 others that hatched with it seem fine and are running around.

    I did have to cull 1 of the hatch. Actually, I made my SO do it. I
    just stood there and cried. It hatched from its egg with the
    yolk sac wrapped around a foot. Everytime it moved its foot, it
    would pull more intestines out.
     
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2008
  2. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry you have this problem. You say it feels soft, like there's no bone? It sounds like a nutrition defect, and it will only get worse since it's not eating on its own. Personally I would *cringe* cull it, but if you are willing to nurse it through this 24/7 then you could give it a go. If it's not walking after another day, though... [​IMG]
     
  3. VettekLisa

    VettekLisa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm willing to do just about anything that it needs, it it will help.
    If it's a losing battle though, I'd rather just cull it now before it
    starts to suffer.
     
  4. VettekLisa

    VettekLisa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We went ahead and culled the poor thing this morning.
    Its hocks were all swollen and hard, and were starting to
    get sores from dragging itself around.
    Thanks anyways, everyone.
     

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