Hello All! I'm new and am need of advice

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Courtneymcgurk, May 5, 2017.

  1. Courtneymcgurk

    Courtneymcgurk New Egg

    Apr 30, 2017
    Hello! I am new to raising chickens. I currently have 3 Cornish Hens, 4 Rhode Island Reds, 2 Plymouth Rocks, 2 Speckled Essex, 5 Easter Eggers and 3 Bantams. My question comes to my Bantam, they are so little but i have one who is super small. I have put him or her in her own tote. It seems weak an is soooo small. It just sleeps an ive given it sugar water, i feel the crumble i have maybe big for it. Its under a heat lamp an i have made it drink. What can i do to make her eat. She was fiesty an active but i think the other Easter Egger an Bantam may have bullied it.... if thats a thing... help please. Dont want to lose my Little One...
  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    How old are your chicks? If you feel the crumb is too big crushing it up some more won't do any harm. I use a blender if the crumb looks too big and they get on fine with it then. You could also add one of the more quiet chicks with her/him as I'm sure the company will make it feel better.

    Good luck with your chick :fl
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Agree with Teila, in re: serving a finer chick feed by grinding it. Sometimes if it is dampened a bit that also helps a struggling chick. I think the biggies, did bully her from food and maybe water and that started her downward spirals. You probably can give her smashed hard boiled egg yolk moistened a little with plain yogurt - egg yolk is a great feed for her.
    I would also suggest you give her Polyvisol pediatric vitamin drops. Give her 2 drops 3 x a day, either on any morsel she will eat, or using the dropper to put the drops just inside her beak so she can push them if she refuses to swallow.

    You can isolate her from the others and she may need a bit more heat - give her a small stuffed toy to cuddle with, if you don't have a gentle little chick that wouldn't harm her.
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Courtneymcgurk [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received links to some good starting points and some great advice, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you ‘Find your State’s thread.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]

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