FROZEN CHICK - Hanging on. . . HELP!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BLaBauve, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    I had 12 chicks arrive today via USPS. I THOUGHT all were dead, but one is actually barely breathing. I have her under a heat light, what else can I do? She moves her head a bit, still won't open eyes, listless. I think the overnight box was left outside at some point. Very devastating. Any help is appreciated!

  2. LeezyBeezy

    LeezyBeezy Songster

    Mar 13, 2010
    Lancaster PA
    I would say make sure it gets some fluids. But you'll want to be careful it doesn't inhale/aspirate.
  3. tammye

    tammye Songster

    Mar 22, 2010
    I would call that UPS driver and give them hell, those poor chicks
  4. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Keep her warm and give sugar water with and eye dropper. Have to ask where did you get them and how many or did I miss that. At my age I miss alot but mostly my hair.

  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    warm fluids with a little sugar or honey also do you have baby vits. w/o iron might try to dribble a little on it beak. Thats so sad wish it had turned out different, poor babies
  6. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    Make sure the water you give her is warm(not hot)-you don't want cool tap water to shock her even more.
    I would put her/him inside a sock for extra warmth.
    Whatever hatchery sent those babies without checking the weather is ignorant!
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2010
  7. andrea98

    andrea98 Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    in my barnyard....ohio
    Quote:UPS is safe lol .. USPS = UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE .. the regular mail people.. & some can be dumb as a box of rocks!! poor babies [​IMG]

    **edited to add: you can slide it in your bra between the sisters .. very nice & warm there .. you wont be the first to do it ..
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2010

  8. luvanimals2

    luvanimals2 Songster

    Sep 15, 2010
    I am sorry this happened but if you do not mind if I ask who you purchased them from. Even in October when I received an order, they insisted that there are at least 25 birds or we had to pay for Express and or insurance or they would use packing peanuts for warmth. I am just surprised someone shipped out only 12 birds. I hope you opened the box in front of the postal employee and requested a refund.

  9. geebs

    geebs Lovin' the Lowriders!

    Sep 28, 2008
    Don't harass the delivery driver... sheesh.. they are in open air vans with shorts on.... It is a risky time of year to ship... Not everyone is a chicken person.. THat is a classic case of blame it on the messanger...

  10. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    I am not going to say who I purchased them from - I am not placing blame on them - they sent 12 chicks with heat packs and plenty of gro-gel. These babies were left in the cold all night, the box felt like an ice-cube - I am in GA which has a milder winter.

    The chick peeped a few times. It is doing a lot of open mouth breathing, almost gasping for air. I tried giving warm water, but it's mouth is so wide open I'm scared to aspirate it.

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