- Mar 28, 2012
I know that this might be a lost cause, but I need to at least try.
My box of chicks came in the mail yesterday morning, they had hard travels, 50+ hours without food/water/heat in transit.
2 were dead on arrival, and a few others were on their way out the door. 5 have died in total so far-- but the 6th is hanging on... She is a Silver Laced Wyandotte (we think) and has quite the spirit.
Finally in the evening time, I decided that I was going to try to syringe feed her some fluids, she had slept the entire day, and I was afraid that she may die of dehydration as opposed to what's ailing her.
I syringe fed probably no more than 3mL's in the evening.
This morning I woke up (without syringing her all night) and looked into her box. (She has been segregated from the rest of the 30+ chicks, for fear she would be trampled and smothered) Upon looking in, I noticed what I thought was her corpse, in awful contorted position. I picked her up to dispose of her, when she moved!
I immediately syringed 1-1.5mL's of fluid. The fluid is a sugar water Quik Chik vitamin mix.
My next fluid mash I am going to make, now that I am concerned about starvation, is the sugar/vitamin water mix, with all-purp poultry feed mixed in, creating a mash, of which I can syringe feed her.
About how often should I be attending to her? And how much should she intake at one time, I would hate to over feed her and cause more harm.
If she doesn't make pep up today, she will perish tomorrow.. I won't be home to nurse her. Hoping she'll be well enough to eat/drink on her own by this evening.
(Pardon the nail polish in the photos-- my 4 year old painted my nails, lol!)