Death Scare!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RocketChick, May 7, 2009.

  1. RocketChick

    RocketChick Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2009
    (I posted this in another one of my boards but I thought it would get more attention here)
    My duckling does this weird thing to my new chick, the sebright. It grabs it (it doesn't seem to try to be hurting it) and starts rubbing the bottom of its neck on the chick. It freaked the chick out but didn't seem to do any damage...but it just recently did it again and the chick fell to it's side and acted very let us pick it up(this is a chick I got today, its normally VERY scared of me!) and it just layed dead-like on my sisters hand, not moving at all. My sis kept stroking it and nothing happened and all of the sudden, the chick jumped up and started moving around on her hand and peeped a bit. I thought she was dead! Does this have to do with the duckling? I only have one brooder so I don't know how to separate them! What is the duckling doing?

    I was sooooo scared. [​IMG]

    The chicks leave her alone. But it made me sad because the chicks and duckling were sleeping together and she was sleeping alone far from them. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 7, 2009
  2. NotTheMomma

    NotTheMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    place a piece of cardboard between the two if you only have one brooder. Make it a cardboard wall. Chicks and ducks do NOT belogn together in a brooder! Ducks make such a mess, and love hte water. The wetness can kill the chick.

    Do you just have the two? How old are they?
  3. California Ducken

    California Ducken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok. Here goes an explanation of a human type.

    Did you ever have guys in highschool that would do this thing to eachother where one would hug another from behind in some weird way, and then they would pass out. Or grab the others neck a certain way and they would pass out? I forget what it was called. Well same, same! It probably cut the blood flow off to the head(brain) which would cut the oxygen supply off to the brain. And in turn pass out. Everyone/thing regains consciousness at some point. Unless, the oxygen is cut off to long and then death or brain damage.

    I was always freaked out when they did it.
    It was a jock thing.

    My duck, does NOT like my chicks or chickens.....VERY JEALOUS!! Very moody when it comes to sharing attention. She goes after my roosters and gets them real good! I run to protect her, and she has got one by the neck. And I showed her the chicks and she started shaking and tensing up her cheeks (like if you were clenching your jaws real tight). She tried to get to them but couldn't and so she nipped me real hard, she also was swearing at me the rest of the afternoon. Real nasty talk. When it comes to sharing the spot light NO CAN DO!! She's fine as long as I am not paying to much attention to anything else.

    Oh she also thinks I am her mate. So, that has a factor in it too!

    Good Luck! And keep your babies separate Please.

  4. RocketChick

    RocketChick Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2009
    I'm not going to seperate the chicks and duckling, my duckling is surprisingly not very messy at all, and they all cry when they're away from each other. (The chicks and the ducklings) Im only worried about the sebright.

    And im kind of glad no ones done that to me in high school(YET)(im in high school now xD)

    So chickens can pass out?

    I can probably seperate the brooder like that....but I don't know who to seperate. Do I leave the little sebright on one side? She might be lonely but she already is anyway because the other chicks kinda leave her alone...ah!
  5. GAchick

    GAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2009
    Pembroke GA
    Put the little sebright and one other chick together so she's not lonely. Seperate the two of them from the others.
  6. 4hooves&featheredfriends

    4hooves&featheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2009
    New Hampshire
    I am glad your chick is OK. I would agree on the separation of chicks and ducks. I was able to group my chicks and ducks for the first week or so, however, the ducklings were having respiratory issues b/c the chicks needed to be warmer and once the dust started flying it wasn't pretty. The chicks were getting wet feet as well.

    In comparison to your duckies mine were very maternal to the chicks in fact when my little Dom was at heaven's gate, my little duckling tried to hold her up so she wouldn't fall on her back. At first, I thought she was being aggressive towards the weaker, but she would pick her up by the back of neck and prop her on the arm of the bear. In this pic, it was almost over and duckie waited by. At this point I had tried everything...


    Happy days

  7. California Ducken

    California Ducken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh my! 4hooves&featheredfriends I am so sorry!!! Poor thing. How pretty they all are!

    And yes ANYTHING that has the blood supply temporarily cut off from their brain can pass out.

    And you don't have to worry it was in the late 80s when that whole passing out thing was popular.

    Just watch your little guys close, it might be a kind of pecking order thing, but the duckie dosnt know it's own strength.

    Good Luck and post a pict. of your little guys!!!

  8. Kezzie

    Kezzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Coastal Georgia
    Quote:Man, I'm glad I didn't hang around those types of people in high school![​IMG]

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