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Blind Chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chicken19, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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  2. chicken19

    chicken19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm really happy about that too! I just can't wait until she starts growing though. She's two weeks old and is the size of a newborn chick!!!!!!!!
    Do you think I should put her in her own brooder with 1 or 2 other smallish but healthy chicks? She's in a large brooder right now with 24 other chicks. They push her out of the way but don't peck.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

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    If they aren't picking on her I would leave her with the group, being separated would cause it too much stress.
     
  4. chicken19

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    Ok, thanks for all your help!
    Also if anyone can find any other threads on BYC or articles (on or off off BYC) about blind chickens and post them here it would really help. Thanks again.
     
  5. DiamondSwan

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    Sounds exactly like my little Thalia! She kept her eye closed all the time, and it eventually got really swollen. I found out she had an eye infection and imedietly started treating her with saline and coconut oil. I used 1/8 of a teaspoon to one cup of water and put a few drops in her eye, then I rubbed a little coconut oil on it with a cotten swab, both twice a day until the swelling went down and she was keeping her eye open. She has a blind eye now, but at least the infection didn't spread and kill her.

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    She was also really small, wasn't getting any feathers, and it didn't seem like she was growing. She was always acting like she was cold and getting pushed around by the others, so I put her in a separate brooder with one of the sweeter chicks, and kept the temperature higher. I gave her a few drops of straight nutri drench and straight coconut oil in her beak twice a day with a dropper, until she was 4 weeks old. I also used electrolytes, probiotics, and 2 teaspoons to 1 quart of water of apple cider vinegar. I also gave her extra snacks. I made this super nutritious chick mash that the chicks love! I made scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil mixed with a little bit of starter food, chick grit, plain organic yogurt, and topped it with crushed meal worms. I almost wanted to eat it! I also gave her chick baby cake, and mixed chick kibble with her food. She is now 5 weeks old today, and has grown some and has some feathers now. She is still smaller than the others, but she's starting to catch up. She still has a heat lamp, but hopefully she won't need it much longer (I'm gradually lowering the temperature based on her feather growth rate.) I'm now alternating between the electrolytes and probiotics, and nutri drench in her water, and keeping up on the snacks. This is how she looks now:

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  6. chicken19

    chicken19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow!!! Amazing! My little chick (Owlet is her name) keeps her eyes open but other than that acts just like Thalia! Except Owlet isn't interested in food except when I hand feed her. I just fed Owlet and her crop is FULL!!!!!!!!!
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    The size difference is really interesting I think. I think with the small chicks you should treat them like their size, not age!
    I'll use some of your recipes. I bet Owlet would love some of them!!
     
  7. chicken19

    chicken19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow!!! Amazing! My little chick (Owlet is her name) keeps her eyes open but other than that acts just like Thalia! Except Owlet isn't interested in food except when I hand feed her. I just fed Owlet and her crop is FULL!!!!!!!!!
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    The size difference is really interesting I think. I think with the small chicks you should treat them like their size, not age!
    I'll use some of your recipes. I bet Owlet would love some of them!!
     
  8. chicken19

    chicken19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's Owlet. Mind in the photo with the other chick she has her wings out.[​IMG]
     
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