Baby chicks weak and dieing

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by okjenyp, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. okjenyp

    okjenyp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am new to raising chicks and got a mixture of 12 chicks from Atwoods. Yesterday one of my black ones started laying around and wouldn't eat or drink. He died a couple hrs later. Now one of my red ones is doing the same thing. I gave him some sugar water by syringe and seperated from group he was kind of chilly when I picked up so I have him on a heating pad. ( it's 90 in the brooder box and all other chicks are running around playing). How can I save this poor baby???
     
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  2. farmkids

    farmkids Out Of The Brooder

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    The brooder should be 95 degrees for the first week. Do you have the sav-a-chick electrolyte powder, or some pedialyte or Gatorade? That helps! And I have read many people boil an egg or two and mash up the yolk and feed that to the babies to give them a huge boost of nutrients. I am so sorry one of the babies died. I wish the rest lots of luck and health <3
     
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    Also, I know this is going to sound absolutely weird and nutty, but we rescued a baby squirrel that was only 2-3 weeks old, and I tucked him into my sports bra to keep him warm after I fed him with the syringe and pup formula. Flame me if you must, but her would snuggle right down and go to sleep. And I really think they need to cuddle as they would in the nest to thrive. Good luck!
     
  4. okjenyp

    okjenyp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chicks didn't like 95 degrees. They are happy at 90. I will try the egg thing. I got him to drink some from a dropper with sugar water in it. And I have the electrolyte tablets I put in the water as well. I made him a warm buddy to cuddle up to out of a sick and rice I microwaved. I just want him to live. It is hard seeing anything die
     
  5. okjenyp

    okjenyp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's where I tucked this little guy until I had his box warmed up with his rice buddy and heat pad.
     
  6. farmkids

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    Okay, it sounds like you are doing all that can be done. Sometimes they just aren't strong enough, no matter how well we care for them. You are doing great- I never thought of the rice-filled sock! I'm filing that one away in my brain. Good luck to you and your fluffies.
     
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  7. okjenyp

    okjenyp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a waiting game now. I gave him some boiled egg yolk. He is content snuggled up with his sock buddy. I also gave the rest of the chicks some egg and omg, it was a frenzy!! It seems a little wrong feeding chicks eggs, like canabalism.... On another happy note. I threw in some fresh spinach leaves and they were running around playing chasing each other with the leaves. It was hilarious
     
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    okjenyp Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. N F C

    N F C eggnog time! Premium Member Project Manager

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    So sorry to hear you're having problems. We went through something very similar with our first 7 chicks, lost 4 which was so hard. Hang in there, you're doing a good job dealing with it.

    P.S. If you don't mind my asking, what part of KS are you from? I grew up there in NE KS, around the Topeka, Lawrence area.
     
  10. okjenyp

    okjenyp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in the wichita,ks area. I hope I don't lose that many! Hopefully this little guy will pull through. Everyone else seems to be happy and healthy
     

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