Chick not growing


In the Brooder
Jul 8, 2017
I have a silkie that went broody so I gave her four of my buff eggs to hatch, all four were developing fine but when the first was hatching she abandoned the other three the one that hatched took over a full day to completely come out.
It had conjunctivitis which I cleared up and splay leg which I worked on and she started walking better.
At almost six weeks old she is the size of a 3-4 day old. She is eating well and getting vitamins, probiotics and electrolytes in her water but she won't grow. She hasn't had pasty butt and is pooping regularly newborn chick size. I have her outside in a pen with the silkie and she got sprinkled on a little but she was laying on her side not trying to use her legs. I brought her in and dried her off and she was back up walking around.
Any idea what else I can do for her?


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Wyorp Rock

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7 Years
Sep 20, 2015
Southern N.C. Mountains
I'm sorry about your chick.

It really sounds like you are doing all that you can for her.
With her having problems at hatch and she is not growing, sadly she may be what's called "failure to thrive".

I think all you can do is provide fresh chick starter, the vitamins and I would offer fresh plain water as well.

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