Thank you everyone, for being my chick support group. I have 9 chicks that are 5 days old. I had 10, but Pippi died the second night, which I hope wasn't my fault. I dipped her butt in warm water to loosen and clean the pastiness on her butt and warmed her with a towel and put her back in the brooder, where she became lethargic and died that night. I did this with 2 others and they are fine. So here are my questions:
- A few of my chicks have diarrhea. What is ratio of Apple Cider Vinegar to water that would help this?
- They don't seem interested in yogurt, how can I get them to eat it?
- They are terrified when I pick them up, even though I warm my hands first under the heat lamp and hold my hand down low for a minute and scoop them from the side. How can I make them feel safer so that I can care for them?
- Is it too early to introduce a clod of dirt and grass? I don't have any chick grit, so does that make dirt and grass unsafe?