Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by apple, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. apple

    apple Hatching

    Mar 24, 2007
    I saved a baby chicken today.. the mother had rejected him and I couldn't think of what else to do.
    I took him home and I currently have him in a cardboard box, he has dry bird on the floor. He has two lamp lights because I know only one isn't 100watts. (they are on one side so he can cool down on the other side on the box) He also has water.

    All of the local farm supply stores in town are closed, so I can not get chicken scratch for the night. I need a substitute for the night untill I can get to the feed supply store in the morning.

    I have tried:
    -I've heard that you can feed them hard boiled eggs chopped up very small. (he won't eat it)
    -100% dry cornmeal (isn't interested)
    - I have tried to give it worms but it tries to eat them and can't bite them.
    -grass from out side.. doesnt work.

    does anyone have any tips for me?
    thank you!!!!
  2. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    If you don't have chick starter feed yet, you can feed them for a day or two on instant oatmeal, flaked infant cereal, or other whole-grain cereals. You can put whole grains (rice, wheat, barley, old-fashioned oats, anything) into the blender and blend them slightly. Do not blend completely to a powder the feed should have some "grits" in it. Leave the feed with them all the time they will stop eating when they have had enough.
  3. apple

    apple Hatching

    Mar 24, 2007
    its not eating it!!!! i dont know what to do.. shes growing very quiet, like she might die!!

    im soo upset! i really want it to live.
  4. hypnojessi

    hypnojessi In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2007
    Troy, MO
    The first thing I would do is put sugar and/or electrolites (pedialite) in the water so the chick has some calories coming into it's body. Did you ever see what the chick was eating when it was with it's mom? Are there other chicks with the mom? What are they eating with her. Like if she is showing them to eat bugs, maybe a small bug would work? How about softened cat or dog food?
  5. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

    Mar 10, 2007
    Southern Wisconsin
    It is also possible that the mom chicken knew something you dont yet know. Possibly the chick was rejected because the hen knows something is wrong with it and chose not to waste precious energy trying to save a chick that wouldnt make it? Animals often know these things before we do, but you can still try to save it. I would for sure give it some sugar water, or you can use Karo syrup in the water. Dip its beak in to get it to drink. If its too weak to drink, you can use a little eye dropper and gently open its beak and give it a few drops at a time. Go slowly! After several droppers (throughout the day) she should perk up. Just like a human, if their blood sugar drops too low, they loose energy, and if not corrected, they may forget to eat, lay about listless, and eventually die.
  6. Llysse

    Llysse Songster

    Mar 11, 2007
    Let us know how your baby is doing!!![​IMG]

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