Chick not energetic.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AtlanticAcres, May 17, 2011.

  1. AtlanticAcres

    AtlanticAcres New Egg

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    After a 10 year hiatus we are back growing layers and meat birds. I built a new coop and 20'x30' run for them. We picked up the chicks last tuesday. 12 layers and 30 meat birds.
    The meat birds (30) are doing fine. Initially I had them mixed with the layers but separated them in the coop. We lost 2 layers. One got stuck behind a box and another, which I spent 3 hours with an eye dropper feeding and holding didn't last the night. The coop temp is around 80 at best - no drafts. We are experiencing a very wet and cold spring - been raining continuously for 22+ days. One of the layers is not moving around much. I hand feed it and watered it - after which it seems to have a bit more energy. Been doing this for the last 2 days. It appears to be labouring with its breathing. Feet feel warm compared to the others. What should I do next? Should I isolate it from the others? Need advice here.

    Great forum by the way.

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    Last edited: May 17, 2011
  2. Silkie Sue

    Silkie Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes i would definitely separate from the rest....
    i would scramble up some egg yolk and feed it to her and give some POLYVISOL ( no iron) children's vitamins 3 or 4 drops every couple days and see if she comes around....
    hoping she feels better soon [​IMG]
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  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Sorry about your chick. Not sure there's really anything else to do. There's a great sticky at the beginning of this forum about losing baby chicks.

    Good luck.
     
  4. AtlanticAcres

    AtlanticAcres New Egg

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    Thanks all. It is drinking water and chirps when I pick her up. I noticed a large ball below her neck and think this might be her crop... so she might be crop bound. I took her off feed and isolated her.
    She has lots of water and readily accepts it when I give it too her. Hopefully she is not too weak to get it on her own... time will tell. Is this the correct procedure?

    Thanks.

    PS: we actually has sun today... yahoo!

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  5. Silkie Sue

    Silkie Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is she now?
     
  6. AtlanticAcres

    AtlanticAcres New Egg

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    Still the same at 7am this morning. Her bowel system is moving based on material in the box.
    She did try to move bit this morning.

    I am about to check on her in a few minutes.

    Thanks.
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  7. AtlanticAcres

    AtlanticAcres New Egg

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    Her crop is non existent. She is moving around a bit. Eyes are bright and she is chirping - calling to others I guess.
    I placed some crumbs in my hand and she ate energetically. I placed about 1/2 teaspoon in the box with her
    and will check on her later tonight. I hope she is on the mend. She doesn't get up much or run around like the other chicks though!

    Later...

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  8. Silkie Sue

    Silkie Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds promising... [​IMG]
     

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