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Cold Chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Raul, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. Raul

    Raul New Egg

    Feb 23, 2010
    We were hatching just one egg in a little table top incubator and the chick had started to peck through the shell when we went to bed last night. When we came down in the morning the incubator had been knocked to the ground (cats!), open egg shell on the floor and no chick in sight. After a few minutes of scrambling (no pun intended) around, I found the chick on the floor next to some kid toys. She was alive and breathing, but cold and not moving. We got the chick back into the incubator. We're not exactly sure how long it had been out, maybe only ~5-30 minutes. She was obviously just freshly hatched and still very wet. I hoped that it was my little girl cat who did it since I have never seen her kill or eat birds or mice, just bat them around a bit. We don't see any obvious injuries to the chick. After 20 minutes in the incubator she had fluffed out, she was moving around and cheeping occasionally. After and hour, she has finally opened her eyes, but her movements are very jerky and she is still unable to stand or move in a coordinated manner.

    I have to go to work now, I hope she is better when we get home and we'll move her into a the brooder box with another chick. What are the chances for this little guy? Do chicks survive if thier temperature drops low like that? If she does survive, will she have problems later? Advice and stories are welcome.

  2. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    Of course I can't say for sure. My guess is she will be alright. [​IMG] It sounds like you found her in time and got her warmed up. She will probably do much better when you put her in with a buddy [​IMG] There really isn't anything else you can do now except keep an eye on her. Keep us posted [​IMG]
  3. Muggsmagee

    Muggsmagee Menagerie Mama

    Dec 15, 2009
    Central NY
  4. Raul

    Raul New Egg

    Feb 23, 2010
    UPDATE: The chick seems to be just fine. We have moved her to the brooder box. She is cheeping loud and often. She is walking normally, or as normally as chicks get. I think you guys are right, she'll be just fine.
    The current chicks at the co-op are about 1.5 weeks old and I think too old to buddy up with our little guy. The co-op gets new chicks in on Friday, so we are thinking we'll wait the two days and pick out a buddy for her that is more similar in age. So she'll be on her own for another 2 days. Phew, what a morning.
  5. Luke13:34

    Luke13:34 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2010
    The Naugatuck Valley
    Good to hear your chickie is doing fine. [​IMG]
  6. BWKatz

    BWKatz Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2010
    Congrats. Sounds like a plan.
  7. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    Happy to hear it [​IMG]

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