In the Brooder
- Jul 21, 2016
My family has a bunch of chickens and some of our hens have been sitting for awhile now. Recently, three babies hatched. Two of the babies are fine but the third was found underneath the hut that the hens are sitting in and the chick isn't doing well. He's keeping his eyes mainly closed, acts like it is gasping for air, and has a bloated belly as well as a splayed leg which is under control now. He is noisy when messed with so I take that as a good sign. I tried to give him water and electrolytes but every time I do, he convulses. He is inside in a cardboard box with a heat lamp above him which is what we have always done and the chicks turn out fine. I want to keep the chick alive but I fear he might not make it. Has this happened to anyone else and what were the results? Thank you!