Baby Chick Rescue Remedy.. Advice needed

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BellaSaff, Dec 25, 2015.

  1. BellaSaff

    BellaSaff Out Of The Brooder

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    Have a day old (hatched Christmas Eve). Possible my 2yo had a squeeze of this one while I wasn't watching, possible it is a weak chick. Is in a puddle, was fine this morning and now a puddle of poor baby chick...
    Any rescue/sustenance remedies?
    My instant reaction given age was to dip beak in water a few times and (omg hope this is okay) feed it some budgie hand raising mixture (crop was empty)..
    But now I have my wits, and seriously, if I am keeping vigil of this darling little blue mottle pekin any serious advice please....
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Chicks don't usually eat or drink the first couple of days because they absorb the egg yolk right before hatching so I don't think feeding it or water is going to help it, sometimes they aren't formed correctly, that would be my suspicion, I would just keep it warm and see, though it doesn't sound good.
     
  3. KayTee

    KayTee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Although chicks don't need to eat for 48 hours or so, they are able to without any problem, so you won't have done any harm. A few months ago I had a poor hatch under a broody - one chick didn't survive more than an hour, and another was looking just as bad, so I spent the rest of the day drip feeding her a lukewarm sugar solution every 30 minutes. After a couple of hours she perked up amazingly, and is now a healthy and happy pullet with the rest of the flock.

    Some birds aren't destined to make it, but it can't hurt to try - you have nothing to lose.
     
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