Help! Chick born too early?!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by candicel, May 11, 2016.

  1. candicel

    candicel New Egg

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    I'm not exactly sure how I can help my baby! I really don't want to cull him. I've tried mixing water in with vitamins and dipping beak in food. He can't stand on his own, just lays there and has a very loud chirp. Anyway I can save him? I feel so guilty.
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    How long has he been out of the shell? Has he absorbed all the yolk? How early is early?
     
  3. candicel

    candicel New Egg

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    About 24 hours old and 2 days early. He did absorb the yolk
     
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    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Dry and fluffy now? Incubator or broody hen hatched?

    Did you help or did he hatch in his own?

    Keep him warm and keep trying the food and dipping his beak in the water. At 24 hours old he will still be living on the yolk he absorbed. Mine dont come out of the incubator untill at least 24 hours after they hatch. They don't always start eating and drinking then but need more encouraging.
     

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