HELP! (Emergency) Chick dying

Eggcessive

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So sorry about your chicks. The first one might have aspirated crop contents when it was upside down, having the crop massaged, or having CPR. It is hard to know exactly what is wrong. I would try to get it to take some water with electrolytes on it’s own by dipping the beak into water for half a second, then letting it swallow, then repeat. Do not massage the crop. I would try to get some Poultry NutriDrench or vitamins with electrolytes to give if it makes it through the night.
 

MGG

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So sorry about your chicks. The first one might have aspirated crop contents when it was upside down, having the crop massaged, or having CPR. It is hard to know exactly what is wrong. I would try to get it to take some water with electrolytes on it’s own by dipping the beak into water for half a second, then letting it swallow, then repeat. Do not massage the crop. I would try to get some Poultry NutriDrench or vitamins with electrolytes to give if it makes it through the night.
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Thanks Eggcessive.
 

MGG

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They aren't using the bathroom anymore, and when they do it's a very small amount. I'm worried they're going to starve or get dehydrated. Should I try and soak their feed and feed them with a syringe? Or would this cause more harm?
I would do either Nutridrench or a bit of molasses along the sides of their bills. Don't force feed, but you can give some liquids. The 2 above I mentioned are usually the best for a boost.
 

jessicagoddard

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What lived in the cage before the chicks? Where was the cage before inside your house? Perhaps 🤔 something could have passed on to the chicks?
My last chicks, but it has been over 3 months since they’ve been in there. It’s very strange
 
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jessicagoddard

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Thank you all for the help. I ended up giving them a bit of the stuff, and at times they seem to do better than others. I will let you know if they make it through the night! (Fingers crossed!)
 
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PNWSilkieChick

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Not sure if this will help you but when I had an ill baby chick that wouldn't move, eat or poop (and did not have any sign of pasty butt) I wrapped her in a hand towel and used part of a qtip to feed her water saturated with savachick electrolytes (really, really concentrated) and sugar. I fed her a little bit every 30 minutes or so. In between feedings I warmed her up by blowing a hair dryer on the towel in which she was wrapped. At first she was too weak to complain or squirm. Over a few hours she felt a little stronger/more squirmy and I decided to get some much-needed sleep. When I went to free brooder 5+ hours later I had a little box with me.... Just in case :(..... Thankfully, she made it. I think the liquid gave her just enough sustenance/comfort/whatever to fight off her affliction. I hope your little feathered one is able to recover. Whatever happens, please know that you are doing everything you can including reaching out to this community for help. I wish you the best.
 

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