day-old chick "down"

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicken Paradise, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. Chicken Paradise

    Chicken Paradise Out Of The Brooder

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    Received 25 day-old chicks this am; they have been running around their "brooder" all day; a few hours ago my daughter noticed one lying down with 3 or 4 cornish X chicks standing over it; it is laying on its tummy with one leg sprawled out, eyes closed. It mover sometimes but not much. We've separated it; what do you think is wrong? Is it in a deep sleep or sick?

    This is our 3rd batch of chicks and never had a problem like this, using a different hatchery this time.
     
  2. Gonzo the Great

    Gonzo the Great Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sugar water...stat!
     
  3. JenMT

    JenMT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes they just don't make it...for reasons that are unknown. She might just be exhausted from the last few days.

    Maybe try some chick electrolye with an eye dropper and keep her warm. I personally, would separate her from the rest and give her lots of one on one without handling her too much, but that may be overkill.

    Have you SEEN her eat or drink at all? You can also make some mush out of her starter feed and try to hand feed her that too. Does she have normal poo?

    The laying on her tummy thing with one leg out doesn't mean anything. Baby chicks sleep in weird postitions.

    Good luck and sending good vibes to that sweet baby [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. Chicken Paradise

    Chicken Paradise Out Of The Brooder

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    chick is now dead; it was running around just fine a few hours ago and now gone.
     
  5. JenMT

    JenMT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Darn it, I'm so sorry. Hope your daughter is okay too.
     
  6. Chicken Paradise

    Chicken Paradise Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, Sarah has gone to bed, she'll find out in the morning...at least there's lots more babies left.
     
  7. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

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    thats odd [​IMG]
     
  8. boxermom

    boxermom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry. Sometimes it just sucks to have animals. [​IMG] Most of the time however, its WONDERFUL. [​IMG]
     

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