chick unable to hold up head

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by citalk2much, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    I had a chick hatch yesterday still had yoke attached and it had poo all over its bottom. It is unable to use its head not even the eye on the one side will open
    It was a very bad hatch I think my gauge is bad it was an nightmare for me one dead chick after another! Is there anything I can try to help this chick! Please help!
     
  2. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    I'm sorry, Crystal. About all you can do is keep it warm and keep dipping it's beak into a little sugar water. I always use vitamin/electrolyte supplemented water for my hatchlings. I think it's better than sugar water for them. If it doesn't show some type of improvement (even minor) by tonight, it may be time to do something different to end it's suffering.

    Hang in there, friend...everything happens for a reason...even if the reason is simply for us to learn from. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2009
  3. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    Thank you Shelley!
     
  4. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    Crystal, I had a chick that had wry neck when it hatched...acted very similar to yours. I just kept dipping it's beak in the electrolytes every hour, and it did start improving. If you can, today will be the day that you need to be relentless on helping it. Force it to drink, and keep it as quiet as possible (away from tooo many other chicks). It's not so much important for it to eat yet, just be sure it stays hydrated. Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  5. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    Just gave it more sugar water with some vitamins in it
    It is still in the bator but it crys like mad. At this time I am. Holding it in a hand towel that seems to quite it
     
  6. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    Do you have a brooder set up for it? Sometimes the nice warm light of the brooder will quieten them to sleep. If it's your only chick, find a small plush animal to put in the brooder with it...that always works for my single chicks. At least it's crying...that's actually a good sign. It hasn't given up on living yet.
     
  7. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    I have two others should I put it in the brooder with them?
     
  8. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    I am sad to report it just passed away
     
  9. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    Just know that you did all you could, Crystal. [​IMG]
    Sometimes no matter what we do, things just don't turn out the way we'd like. I guarantee you, though, that in the future you'll know more of what to do because of this little fella.
     
  10. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    I'm sorry to hear that. I haven't faced culling yet, so I see it as a blessing that it died. [​IMG]

    You did what you could, hon, don't blame yourself for it. [​IMG]
     

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