Chick is being very quiet...?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SeeMeShiny, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. SeeMeShiny

    SeeMeShiny In the Brooder

    Oct 14, 2010
    New England
    I know, this isn't exactly a major emergency... 5 new chicks (arrived home this morning), so approx 2 days old. From breeder, shipped here. When they were picked up, this one seemed wilted, just not as energetic as the others. I've encouraged her to have some water a couple of times, her breathing is the same as the others, she isn't off color or anything. She's just acting extremely tired, laying in one spot, struggling briefly and then giving up if she's picked up, making no effort to move around... All limbs seem to be working fine- she can open her wings and kick her legs, and she can stand, her beak works and she cheeps a little if she's handled. Any thoughts, or just wait and see?
  2. blitz1027

    blitz1027 Songster

    Feb 10, 2011
    You may try mixing a little bit of sugar in their water. I've had a few chicks that have gotten droopy before and that seemed to perk them up.

    Hope it starts feeling better.
  3. Louise's Country Closet

    Louise's Country Closet Songster

    Feb 5, 2010
    Garrison, MN
    I would try the sugar in the water as well, and give it a little time, maybe it's a little stressed and tired.
  4. SeeMeShiny

    SeeMeShiny In the Brooder

    Oct 14, 2010
    New England
    Now I'm noticing that she is having trouble standing all the way up, as though her thighs are not holding her, and she doesn't seem to open her eyes all the way. Mostly she's very wobbly. However, she is UP and cheeping loudly, which is more than before.

    I'm probably over thinking the whole thing. Losing a chick isn't the end of the world, I just don't want the rest to become sick... they came from the same breeder, but they were mostly a mixed bag of pullets. All the others are hopping and bopping around, hungry and happy and healthy looking. I have a packet of Sav-A-Chick electrolyte and vitamin supplement, I hadn't offered that since they are so brand new. Should I try that or just a bit of sugar?
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    if you have the save a chick stuff by all means give her some, and also you might want to put here in something separate from the others till she gets a bit stronger, you know a small box where she can be in the brooder with the heat but so the others can't tromp all over her or pick on her.. hope she recovers.. [​IMG]

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