HELP ASAP !!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by feldon, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. feldon

    feldon Out Of The Brooder

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    I need advice as fast as possible. I have just come home from the P.O. with my new chicks. I unpacked them & one of them a little Speckled Sussex looks as if it is blind or something. It's little eyes are both closed. What should I do?

    Felicity
     
  2. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it eating or drinking??
     
  3. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To start just do some basic support - get them under the heat lamp, put out the food and water, etc. Keep a close eye on the little hurt one to be sure it isn't getting picked on. Dip its beak to be sure it gets liquid.
    Possibly it just had a rough trip and got stepped on and bounced around. Are its eyes crusty or discharging?
     
  4. feldon

    feldon Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone. I think all is well. They are under the heat lamp, drinking & feeding. After posting I noticed that another one had an eye closed. I gently stroked it & it opened up. I think maybe the stress of the trip...Texas to WA and them just being day old may have someting to do with it. Right now they are all looking happy & content & all eyes are open [​IMG] I'll post pics on the raising chicks forum later.
    Thanks again you are all so helpful.
    Felicity
     
  5. cookinmom

    cookinmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay, he was just taking a nap! :aww
     
  6. Gracefulspice

    Gracefulspice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow..how scary. Glad it's ok!! [​IMG]

    How do these little chicks even make it? One day old, from TX to WA. How do they survive? Are they packed a special way, special food, special water? Or are they that tolerant? I hear of people getting chicks through the mail all the time. I'd be a nervous wreck. How do you cope? Or is it all not as bad as it sounds?
     
  7. FamilyOfChickens

    FamilyOfChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Chickens are MUCH tougher than we give them credit for. You have to remember, they've survived with little or no help from us for a very long time. [​IMG]
    It might be bad for some people, but really not for us. You're excited for them to get there and all, but it's not like you've gotten attached to them so aren't very worried. I mean, if I was shipping some of our older chickens for whatever reason, THEN I'd be worried. But at that point, it's all in the hands of the hatchery and mail people and there's nothing you can really do about it till they get there.

    Keeping busy helps. [​IMG]
     
  8. lady chicken whisperer

    lady chicken whisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    before the chick hatches it absorbs the nutrients from the yolk in the egg. It can survive for up to 72 hours on that alone, thats how they get shipped!!
     
  9. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    ...that is a misnomer and according to recent research the sooner a bird starts to drink and eat the better it immune competancey is...it can survive but it is by no means advisable...
     
  10. joebwe25

    joebwe25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WHEW!!! Thats a relief!![​IMG]
     

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