Chick had a hard time hatching and now is weak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pnp4kidz, May 19, 2010.

  1. pnp4kidz

    pnp4kidz Songster

    we had a hard time this round...
    had a power outtage and I think it messed up my bator, so not only did it get down to 88 in there once until the power came back on, but then it shot up a few times to 115!!!
    I figured they were all dead... but amazingly we had two hatch out!
    then, a third started out, and by morning, a fourth was out!
    the third however didn't finish hatching...
    he peeped a lot... and got a hole the size of a nickle, but didn't go 'around'...
    so eventually I helped him just a bit...
    then a day later a bit more...
    and my daughter realized he was drying out in there and peeled the rest of one half of the shell off, but he still couldn't get out...
    I took the rest of the shell of night before last, and cleaned him up some, but he couldn't stand... but peeps LOUD... so I put him on a wet paper towel and put him back in the bator alone... the other eggs (duds) in there too.
    He didn't die!
    so, now what do I do?????
    last night I gave him a bath, as he was coated in 'white' from the egg and his feathers didnt' fluff, and he had a 'chunk' of white on his head.
    I was dipping his beak a few times, then decided to mix some chick starter with water and syringe a few drops in to him... which went well,
    I keep assuming I'll find him dead the next time, but he keeps getting better!

    this morning he stands up more, and almost walks!
    not eating that we can tell tho, so we syringed a few more drops this am...
    he is loud!!!
    he wants to live!!! (and I sure hope 'he' is really a 'she'!)
  2. NancyP

    NancyP Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Sounds like you are doing a good job. Good luck to you.
  3. pnp4kidz

    pnp4kidz Songster

    s/he is still not eating....
    what do you do to keep a chick alive?
    she doesn't seem to know to peck at food, or how to drink water...
    ugh, maybe I just don't see her doing it?
    she is making poo, but it's mostly clear, with a teeny speck of brown in the center.
    oh, and she is happy, can walk now, and step up on the sponge she lives with in the bator...
    I'm afraid to put her in the brooder, she is half the size of the other three... I think they'd peck her!
    how am I supposed to feed her?
    how often? how much? and of what?
    thanks in advance...
  4. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Okay...please remember that they can survive for about 3 days after hatching before they need to eat. The absorb the yolk before they hatch. She is probably not hungry. Let her rest. If she is walkign and moving around, put in her the brooder with the other them closely and see how they do. If you are not comfortable with her in there make another brooder and give her a stuffed animal (baby safe) You can mash the chick starter up a bit more also if she is having trouble with the size of it. Show her the water and the food and keep an eye on her.

    Also a couple drops of poly vi sol infant drops WITHOUT iron will help perk her up too.
  5. pnp4kidz

    pnp4kidz Songster

    OK, thanks!
    I will get the vitamins and try that... and try the brooder for her tonight...
    (keeping a close eye of course), maybe the others will like her?
    she doesn't peck at ANYTHING, but will swallow if the drop goes in her mouth...
    I have been putting a small water dish in with her and some wet chick starter in there too, as she has to go all day while I'm at work, then all night after we go to bed...
  6. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Songster

    Dec 2, 2009
    Sunny side up :)
    I had one chick that would not eat or drink until the very last of the 3rd day after it was born. Then it got hungry, I guess, and decided to eat lol. Before that it ran around pecking at all the other chicks and everything except its food.
  7. pnp4kidz

    pnp4kidz Songster

    SHE ATE!!!
    I'm SOOOOOOOOOOO happy!!! [​IMG]
    I might even get up the nerve to put her in the brooder with the others tonight! LOL!!!
    I luv you guys! [​IMG]

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