Freshly hatched chick was taken from nest - severely chilled! HELP!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LavenderCrow, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. LavenderCrow

    LavenderCrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a freshly hatched chick that I found outside of the closed coop this morning. I strongly suspect it was a rat who decided that the meal was too big for it. It was covered in ants when I found it. It is peeping very loudly and it isn't moving much. I have it in a "double-boiler" for lack of a better term - a tupperware cup with some shavings and the chick placed inside a slightly larger cup with hot water to raise its temp. I have sugar water on hand. What else could I be doing to help it? Is there something better that I should be doing? This is my first chick from my lavender orpingtons, and only the second ever hatched on my farm :(
     
  2. Grub Digger

    Grub Digger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How's mama? Can you get it back to her? Her body temp is around 103 and would be a great way to warm the chick.
     
  3. LavenderCrow

    LavenderCrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's sitting on the other eggs right now. I tried giving it back to her but it's her first time hatching and I don't know if she knows what to do with it. She just kind of looked at it then back at me like "Yeah, and what am I supposed to do?"
     
  4. Grub Digger

    Grub Digger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Then the best you can do is what you're already doing, keep her warm. Mama will sit on her eggs for 2 or 3 days after the first one is hatched and then she'll get them all out of the nest and show them how to eat. Tonight when it gets dark, see if you can't sneak the chick under her wing. Congrats on the hatch!
     
  5. LavenderCrow

    LavenderCrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alright. It seems to be doing OK right now so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. It does have a wound on the side of its head around its eye were I assume the rat bit it. I cleaned it and sprayed it with Vetericyn, so I'm hoping it heals fine but if it doesn't it will probably go blind in that eye.
     
  6. Grub Digger

    Grub Digger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is your chick this morning?
     
  7. LavenderCrow

    LavenderCrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry for the late reply, I've been busy with getting what I need together for college. The chick died. :( On a positive note, though, two of its siblings hatched today!
     

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