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Chick not thriving...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wingedpanda, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. wingedpanda

    wingedpanda New Egg

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    Ive got a 2-3 day old barred rock chick that is not doing well. Lethargic, a little uncoordinated, peeps constantly. [​IMG] Baby is not eating - drinking, but not eating. Poops normally. It is smaller than the others, so I have her separated in the brooder so she doesn't get trampled.

    I've been hand-feeding it a mix of egg yolk and sugar water in a syringe - tried to hand feed it some crumbles soaked into a mush, but baby was not interested. Not sure whether I should continue feeding it the way I am, or just let it go?? [​IMG] I know a lot of these just don't make it, but any advice would be appreciated.

    If I should keep feeding her, how often and how much?
     
  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Sorry I don't know how to answer this for you. Hopefully someone else can. I can only say that sometimes chicks don't make it. [​IMG]

    This is probably not a good time but [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2011
  3. wingedpanda

    wingedpanda New Egg

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    Thanks - I've been lurking here for a while, but as these are my first chicks and I just got them, I didn't have a reason to post yet...

    Poor baby chick, I feel bad.
     
  4. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

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    I cannot tell you what to do with the chick but a well known old time breeder/geneticist/poultryman told me once "cull all sneezers snifflers and coughers" it sounds cruel but in the long run you will have healthier stock.
     
  5. wingedpanda

    wingedpanda New Egg

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    Thanks - the chick is gone. [​IMG] She was fed and warm, just not for this world, I guess.
     
  6. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry about the chick, sometimes things that happen in the incubator can kill up to 2 weeks after the hatch, you did your best:)
     

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