I've been syringe feeding a 1 week old silkie for about 4/5 days now. I use baby parrot food mixed in w/medicated chick feed. She doesn't really care for me feeding her, we really make a mess, but she doesn't seem to care about feeding herself. I've never seen her eat or drink. She was listless and week. She seems to be doing better but doesn't want to eat on her own. I feed her around 2cc of gruel every 4/6 hours. I just read a thread about medicated feed not being real good for the babies if they're inside, something about blocking B vitamins, I'm going to get some unmedicated tomorrow. My question is will she ever start feeding herself? I add a little nutri-drench vitamins and caro-syrup to her gruel to give her a boost. She's also started limping. ARGH! This poor little baby has had such a hard time. She is in w/52 other babies and if that was all I received from Murray McMurray I'd have another tote and heat lamp to put her in a separate tote w/a couple of friends; but, MM sent me 34 red star roos as "heating pads" I'm working on making an outside brooder to put the boys in so I can have a spare heat lamp. I will say she is the only chick that I've ever had that has acting like she wants a momma hen, she keeps trying to cuddle under her bros and sisters wings. Thanks for all the help.