Day old chick.... Need help/info...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Mahan5175, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. Mahan5175

    Mahan5175 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey all, I just received an order from meyer hatchery this morning, 1 of the 3 chicks, which is a partridge rock, has a very distended stomach and when I pick her (hopefully) up she keeps her eyes closed. She hasn't moved much in the past 4 hours, when I first put her in the brooder she did eat and drink plenty. I have checked for pasty butt, and it all looks normal. Am I just overreacting? Or has anyone ever had this happened?
     
  2. chasiekitten12

    chasiekitten12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where is she/he laying is she/he been eating any more does it seem to be sick
     
  3. Mahan5175

    Mahan5175 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To be honest, I haven't been watching them constantly, but every time I have gone to the brooder for the past 4 hours (about 8 times) she is in one spot standing. So I don't know if she is going around and then just coming back to the same exact spot and standing there, or if she hasn't moved. ( i am guessing she hasn't moved because its odd when the rest of the chicks run away from my hand when i put it in the brooder and she just keeps standing there.) When I pick her up to check her, she closes her eyes and when I put her back down she just stands there.
     
  4. Mahan5175

    Mahan5175 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK so I have dipped her beak again in the water and feed. She took a drink but wasn't about eating. It did seem like it took her a little longer than usual for her to swallow. I also moved her to directly under the heat lamp holding her in my hand and she kept her eyes closed,then I put her down to watch for 5-10 minutes like you suggested and she just stood there. I kept nudging her to move and she would nudge a little, without opening her eyes. She has found the other chicks to be next to, but she just seems very sleepy. I am sure she has been stressed, and I know they need their sleep. I am just worried about how she wont open her eyes and her stomach. These chicks are replacement chicks from the hatchery since I lost one of my welsummers on last weeks order.
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Read these:

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  6. Mahan5175

    Mahan5175 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only reason why I include the part of being replacement chicks, is because the 3 I got today are in the same brooder as the order I got last week. Meyer Hatchery said that was no problem. Which I have read it shouldn't be a problem since they are a week apart. But also it is 95 degrees in the brooder, and I don't want it to get too hot for the other chicks and have a bunch of sick chicks. They have plenty of water, so if it is that hot, they should be ok right?
     
  7. chasiekitten12

    chasiekitten12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It should be 100 in there for all chicks
     
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  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    I keep mine at 95 for the first week.

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  9. Mahan5175

    Mahan5175 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everything I have ever read and been told has been 95 degrees for the first week and subtract 5 degrees from that each week. Thats what I did with my first flock. And right now all the other chicks aren't huddled together but sprawled out all over the brooder, even the travel mates of the chick in question.
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    I think your temp of 95 is fine.

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