Chick struggled to hatch, now struggling to live...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AnneInTheBurbs, May 19, 2017.

  1. AnneInTheBurbs

    AnneInTheBurbs Overrun With Chickens

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    I had a CCL hatch out the other day. I decided I was going to watch the chicks hatch, and t seemed to be struggling at the zipping stage. I was advised to leave it until later, so I went to bed and checked it in the morning. Long story short, it seemed to have some membrane stuck to its head and did have a hard time emerging.

    I put in under a broody chicken who had chicks hatch the same day. Actually 3 broody hens and a turkey too. Th chick was not moving a whole lot yesterday, but I thought it was because of the 90* heat we had here.

    Today it was not able to get out of the nest box with the rest of the chicks and doesn't seem to be able to stand or lift it's head for very long. I gave it some sugar water and nutridrench, but I think it may not make it. Any suggestions?
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    I can not see it but It has to stay warm----is it normally getting under The hen to warm a few?? Or is it just ignoring the Momma hen and her it?
     
  3. AnneInTheBurbs

    AnneInTheBurbs Overrun With Chickens

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    She did have the chick under her. I did make sure to put the chick under her when she climbed in the nest box. It is 86*+ here today, so temperature is not a problem, thankfully.
     
  4. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    I do not know how old the chick is but 86 for a 2 or 3 day old chick can/could be a problem---a good healthy chick needs to be warmed to 95 or more---when it needs it. A sickly chick might need to be heated more because its not eating/moving enough to heat up its body to where it needs to be. But 86 for sure is better that 56 or 36!
     
  5. AnneInTheBurbs

    AnneInTheBurbs Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks, I dropped some sugar water with nutridrench several times tonight in her beak and put her back under Mama. Maybe she will recover.

    It was about 86* outside, but probably warmer in the coop. Everyone was panting.
     
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  6. AnneInTheBurbs

    AnneInTheBurbs Overrun With Chickens

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    Just an update. We had some ups and downs, but she made it. She is mixed in with the other chicks now an and I can't tell here apart. Thanks for the help guys! :hugs
     

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