Hello and some help!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ezekielette, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. Ezekielette

    Ezekielette Just Hatched

    Oct 11, 2016
    Victoria, Australia
    G'day all, my names Katie, I'm from Melbourne, Australia. I have one fur baby, my Allie cat and four hens
    Korra - Isa brown,
    Red - RIR,
    HonkyDumbDumb - RIR,
    Zoom - Bantam Australorp

    This weekend we have just added four bantam australorps to our family, and I'm having some problems which I thought someone may be able to assist with?

    On 8.10.16 we picked up 4 one day old chicks 3 of them were fine when we got them home and were eating and drinking. There is one that we never saw eat or drink. She didn't open her eyes until the second day and she seems very unbalanced; always walking backwards and falling over.

    I started hand feeding her electrolytes but she won't eat anything solid, not even chick mash.

    Today I gave her some plain yoghurt. No pasty butt. She just sits under the heat lamp and chirps, makes no attempt to eat or drink.

    At first I thought she was blind but she watches me walk around and recognises the food I feed her on.
    Any suggestions on what this might be, what we can do for her, etc? I have ordered some poultry vitamins to give her as well.

    Anything anyone could offer will be incredibly appreciated.

    Last edited: Oct 11, 2016
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
  3. Ezekielette

    Ezekielette Just Hatched

    Oct 11, 2016
    Victoria, Australia
    That's great, I will check them out, thank you so much.

  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings, Katie, and :welcome! Pleased you joined our community! Looks like CTKen gave you some great links so I'll just say best wishes and good luck! :)
  5. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello, and welcome to Backyard chickens! So glad you joined us, but sorry to hear about the chick! Sometimes chicks just do not thrive, no matter how hard you try. In my experience, with every batch of chicks, one or two will not make it, and it is usually not your fault. Just some fluke thing like a vitamin deficiency, but it sounds like to are doing all the right things, so I wish you luck! I hope you enjoy BYC!!!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    G'Day Katie, it's very nice to meet you. The only times I've heard of a chick/chicken walking backwards were from wry neck or blow to the head (neurological problems). Hope someone here will be able to assist you.
  7. Ezekielette

    Ezekielette Just Hatched

    Oct 11, 2016
    Victoria, Australia
    Thanks for the warm welcome all.

    I'm afraid my little girl isn't getting any better... she was fine feeding by hand yesterday but I can barely get anything in her anymore. All she does is sleep and chirp. I am thinking about asking if the breeder we got her from will take her back? I feel as though I am fighting a losing battle with this little one.

    Any suggestions on how we should move forwards?

  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  9. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    Sadly, not much can be done for chicks this young. Some simply fail to thrive and there just isn't much help to be offered in these cases.

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