Closed Eyes at 6 days

chicksfor2boys

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6 Years
Apr 10, 2013
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My chicks are about 6 days old. I noticed last night one is keeping its eyes closed a good amount of time, there is no crust or goo. And its eyes were open before this. Doesn't look like it had been pecked by the others. Suggestions on what to do? Tonight I plan on dabbing them with warm water on a paper towel.
 

CibolaChooks

Songster
7 Years
Jun 24, 2012
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albuquerque nm
My chicks are about 6 days old. I noticed last night one is keeping its eyes closed a good amount of time, there is no crust or goo. And its eyes were open before this. Doesn't look like it had been pecked by the others. Suggestions on what to do? Tonight I plan on dabbing them with warm water on a paper towel.
could be dehydrated. if you dont see them drinking dip your finger in the water and put the drop on their beak. if they are dehydrated they should perk right up.
 

chicksfor2boys

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 10, 2013
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Jemez Springs
Thanks. I put warm water on her eyes and I put some sugar water in a dropper and she drank it up. So I kept her out and had a bowl of sugar water which she loved. This morning she seems better.
 

CibolaChooks

Songster
7 Years
Jun 24, 2012
1,482
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albuquerque nm
I dont know if its really needed but i always use my finger and let the babie know where the water is. and i always at least the first day get them to drink a cpl drops off the tip of my finger.. I also noticed some are really dumb about it so i use the marbles in the water and the day olds just cant resist pecking a marble so they find the water faster.
 

chicksfor2boys

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 10, 2013
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Jemez Springs
She is doing great. Still the smallest of the bunch, but tough. I have marbles in the water, now that they are almost two weeks old do I still need them?
 

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