chick hatched whose eyes won't open.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by missionarywife, May 19, 2010.

  1. missionarywife

    missionarywife Songster

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    One of my chicks's eyes are shut. Can anyone tell me what to do? I hate the idea of culling but I really can't handle a handicapped bird. Please tell me that she will make it.
     

  2. missionarywife

    missionarywife Songster

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    I need help please
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    If it acts sick, then you would probably be better off culling, sad. He won't be able to find food or water.
     
  4. georgialee

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    How long ago did it hatch? Is it fluffed up yet?
     
  5. missionarywife

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    it is pretty fluffed. hatched sometime today. I put it back in the incubator. I am hoping she opens her eyes.
     
  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    The most humane way is don't think about it. Just go roll it in a paper towel or two, take a big knife and press down hard on the neck and hold the knife like that for about 30 seconds. I am queen of dwelling on it. I've learned to just get up and quickly get it done. Your doing it a favor.
     
  7. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

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    Someone had one the other daylike that - she put warms compresses on its' eyes and it was OK after that
     

  8. seminolewind

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    Quote:I would certainly give it 48 hours-72 hours unless you see no improvement at all. They don't need food or water for 3 days. It gives you a chance to see if things get better.
     
  9. seminolewind

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    Quote:Yes, it could just have the eyes stuck, or maybe be a preemie.
     
  10. georgialee

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    I would try using some warm water and paper towels to wipe the eyes and see if that helps at all. Good luck!
     

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