EMERGENCY - Should I just put the chick down?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mmulcare89, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. mmulcare89

    mmulcare89 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am usually the one that feeds our flock but while I was away for the past 3 days, my 2 sons ages 7 & 9 were feeding & watering them. My 9 year old left 2 days ago & my 7 year old had told my husband that he fed & watered them but we just found out that he didn't feed or water them but he was just messing around with the new babies. First thing I did when I woke up this morning since my 7 year old left yesterday was I went out to the coops to check their food & water. There was 1 dead chick & 1 that could barely move. After discovering this & empty trays (there's no way that our hens & chicks could empty them that fast) I called my son & he told me that he hasn't fed them since my oldest left.

    But I am sitting here with a chick that is believed to be dying due to lack of nutrients & I have been squirting water with a syringe & putting dusty crumble in her mouth. I thought she was dead when I first found her & she has moved + has made a little noise since I started with the food & water but I'm wondering if I should just drown the chick & put it out of it's misery or if there's anything else I could be doing for her. I'm unaware of the long term effects that this chick may suffer if it survives... if any & she's about a week old. I have her wrapped up on me for heat as well.

    Please tell me your thoughts & opinions. They are greatly needed right now. Thank you so much in advance.
    I plan on having my 7 year old assist me more often so that I KNOW he has been paying attention.
     
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  2. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    I have raised my kids and grand kids around our chickens and I can tell ya any thing under 10 yrs old need total supervision .......

    Your chick needs to be under some heat other then you as your body is not putting of enough heat and that is only on the bottom so a warm room and not in direct sun and are you putting anything in the water even sugar ,,, ACV would be best for now .....
     
  3. mmulcare89

    mmulcare89 Out Of The Brooder

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    ACV?
     
  4. mmulcare89

    mmulcare89 Out Of The Brooder

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    I looked it up & had never thought of giving the flock apple cider vinegar. I use it for our family all of the time so I will definitely add some to water for her. Thank you.
     
  5. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    So sorry Apple Cider Vinegar and just put in in an eye dropper and do a couple of drops on or in the beak ......
     
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  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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  7. chickisoup

    chickisoup one Blessed chicki Premium Member

    I always have Nutridrench in my first aid kit for my chooks for just such emergencies. It is a high vitamin/nutrient rich mix that has helped more than one of my birds recover. It is just as natural as ACV but a LOT more beneficial in these cases and many other situations for both young chicks and adults.
    ACV is primarily beneficial for good gut health in chickens but is little help when a chick is starving to death.
    Listen to Dawg. Feed the little thing. He is very wise in the ways of poultry health and been a blessing to many of us again and again.
    Also, Gander is totally correct about the baby needing to be kept warmer, that is critical!

    Good luck.
     
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  8. mmulcare89

    mmulcare89 Out Of The Brooder

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    I mixed a couple drops of ACV in with some water & administered it with a dropper. She then pooped n stared foaming at the mouth. She had become so responsive before that but I believe she just died. She was swallowing food, opening her eyes & moving a tad. Nothing now :/
     
  9. chickisoup

    chickisoup one Blessed chicki Premium Member

    So sorry. Dehydration/starvation was just more stress than the poor little thing could come back from. I still suggest you pick up nutridrench or at least a packet or 2 of Save-A-Chick so you have it on hand. For future reference, in an emergency, if nothing else is available, a sugar water solution can help to rehydrate and give them some energy till you can get something better in them.
     
  10. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    So sorry for your loss
     

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