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Baby chick very lethargic,not eating or drinking

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by penguin24, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. penguin24

    penguin24 Just Hatched

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    I have a barred rock chick who is not quite a week old, yesterday I noticed that she was not reacting like the other 4 chicks, not eating, drinking or moving around much. We have kept an eye on her all day and still the same, we started giving her some water via an eye dropper tonight and she seemed to perk up right away. Is there anything else that I can give her to help get her back on her feet? Not too sure what the issue is, this is our first time with chicks and the other 4 seem totally fine. I tried separating her out in case it some sort of bacteria but she cried and cried and seemed to make it worse. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions?

    Thanks!
     
  2. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    There's a product called "save a chick" that is usually pretty easy to find in small packets; its an electrolyte/ vitamin powder to put in their water. Sometimes they just need a little boost to help get over minor bugs or nutrient issues. Cooked egg yolk is a great snack for a weak chick as well, gives them a good supply if nutrients also.

    Are they being fed a medicated feed or had any immunizations? If this is your very first go with chicks, medicated feed could help establish cocci resistance if that's an issue in your area as well.

    Fresh water with electrolytes and an egg yolk is how I usually start off if I have a sick chick or hen. There are also products in the market to add to water and feed that contain probiotics, and I highly recommend those in the future; they help establish good gut flora so as they mature they can fight pathogens better and utilize nutrients more efficiently. If you have the time, Google "rooster booster" products, they're a great addition to the chicken "medicine cabinet"

    Best wishes, hope the little guy feels better soon! :)
     
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  3. penguin24

    penguin24 Just Hatched

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    Thanks, we will give that a try. They are on a medicated feed already but I will see what I else I can get my hands on!
     

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