Baby Chick Rescue Remedy.. Advice needed


In the Brooder
6 Years
Dec 31, 2013
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....


Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
BYC Staff
Premium Feather Member
7 Years
Jul 16, 2015
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.


10 Years
Sep 21, 2012
South West France
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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