hard hatch, eyes closed?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by firedove, May 9, 2009.

  1. firedove

    firedove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2008
    Fitzwilliam NH
    Hi everyone, I'm about finished with my first hatch and I had one that needed help out of the shell after 36 hours since her pip. She had become stuck to the membrane in one spot and was unable to turn in the shell. My question about her is does anyone have any idea why she nearly always keeps her eyes closed? She can open them and she can see but whenever I check on her she primarily has her eyes closed. Here is a pic of her (eyes closed as usual)

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  2. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    She may need a pick-me-up like electrolytes or sugar in the water.
     
  3. firedove

    firedove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2008
    Fitzwilliam NH
    she isn't drinking yet, should she be? I know she pipped 48 hours ago now but she has only been out of the shell for the last 7.
     
  4. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    She is probably exhausted from the hatch, I make sure to at least dip their beaks as soon as they go into the brooder. They can go a couple of days without food or water but it sounds like she has a special case. So, yes, I would make sure she gets some fluids in her!
     
  5. firedove

    firedove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2008
    Fitzwilliam NH
    They have been dipped a couple of times. I will go see if I can get her to drink.
     
  6. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    ok, I have also had to take one of my fingernails with a bit of water in it to coax mine to drink. It had to be helped out of the shell after 2 days. I gave it pedialite and now I don't even know which one it is [​IMG]
     
  7. firedove

    firedove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2008
    Fitzwilliam NH
    I got her to take two sips of water and I gave her two drips of honey from the tip of my finger. Honey is usually what I use to help pick up weak chicks.

    One thing I noticed though it that it seemed to be difficult for her to swallow the water. She kept her head up for a long time working her little beak.
     
  8. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    Hopefully she is just parched. Keep an eye on her and make sure she is fluids. Honey has a lot of benefits, good chioce. I hope all goes well, I know how much trouble you have had [​IMG]
     
  9. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    not sounding good . . . good luck, sending good vibes your way.
     
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I'd be dipping that beak into water every two hours... even through the night.. Call me paranoid.
     

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