brain damage from the cold?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lampshadeee69, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. I wasnt sure if this topic should go here, diseases and injuries, or raising baby chicks, but i decided this was the best place. Today my broody hen's eggs all hatched. I went into the coop after school and noticed one egg with a pip through the shell, another chick on the ground, and two more in the nest box still. She left the nest with three chicks. I put the two from the egg box which seemed normal under her, but one wouldnt move and was wobbly. I picked up the pipped through egg and the chick on the ground, both seemed to be dead to me. As i was bringing them to be buried, i noticed they were both still breathing but only just. I immediately turned around to notice Anne (the hen) with all her babies except the wobbly one on the other side of the coop now. I grabbed the wobbly one and brought the three inside, where i set up a sick bay with my old incubator. The wobbly chick's condition improved, but the chick that seemed dead and the pipped egg chick hadnt made any progress yet. I helped the pipping chick hatch successfully, and it immediately started to pep up. I think the egg was keeping him/her cold. Anyways, i left the newly hatched chick, the wobbly chick, and the almost dead chick in the incubator together. I came back a few hours later and found the almost dead chick awake and alert, chirping with the now only slightly wobbly chick. It had gone from a state of near death (back of its head touching its back, feet straight out, wings unfolded, etc.) To the state of chick-like curiosity. The only problem with it was that it keeps its head low to the ground and shakes it side to side slowly when it stands still, and trips over its self when it walks. In my experience, this is a sign of brain trauma. Both the wobbly chick and the "brain damaged" chicks can eat and drink, but i am worried the "brain damaged" one might die. Also, the hatched chick hasnt learned to walk yet and keeps its eyes closed a lot still. It just rolls around the incubator chirping. I am leaving him in the incubator at a temp. Of 85 degrees (the other ones perked up at 75 after being left in 65 degree weather in the coop.) Hopefully this will help it, but i dont know. If anyone has suggestions they are welcome. I am sick of losing chicks so early (ive only had one reach adulthood thanks to predators/motherly negligence). I am prepared to feed these chicks with syringes if they can't feed themselves. Anything to save this brood. Now that you all have read this massive story i just hope that someone can help with some advice on what to do.
  2. Melissa Rose

    Melissa Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2011
    South Texas
    I am too new to chickens to be of help but I thought you could use a hug [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. charsbird

    charsbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2009
    You may need to change your title to something like , cold newborns or similar issue in order to get the proper advice. I think your babies will be OK, but they need to be warmer. And I think you can sneak them under your broody when she's sitting on the others. It would be the best for them. good luck
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    I agree with above poster to slip them back under the broody once they get back on their feet. Also think you need to raise the brooding temp. while in sick time. Many start first week of brood with 95 F then lower 5 degrees per week. 75 and 85 F are too cold for newly hatched chicks. When the broody is warming the chicks they are 95 to 100 F, the coop temperature is incidental.
  5. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    As the previous posters suggest, 75 degrees is too cold for newly hatched chicks. They will do much better at 90+. If you do put them under your mama hen, check on them frequently to make sure she accepts them. Luckily, chickens can't count. I have fostered many chicks under various moms within the first day of hatching. After that, it's harder to get a mama to accept that she magically has another mouth or mouths to feed.
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I agree with the other posts I would bring the temperature up too.
  7. I turned the temperature up to 100 but the hatched chick died anyways. The other two chicks are fine now. I slipped them under the hen and they were all moving fine today.
  8. Niss

    Niss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    Glad to hear two are in good health and back with mama. Like Meatloaf said, 2 out of 3 aint bad.
  9. true. I am glad that the one I thought was dead is alive now. His feet are so cute, he has one foot with an extra silkie toe (his dad is half silkie, half Black Breasted Red Old English Game) and one normal foot. They all also have grey skin. Little genetic mysteries.
  10. maybejoey

    maybejoey got chickenidous?

    You have to post pics. They should be just fine.

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