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Help! Newborn chick struggling to dry off?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chickenllady, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. Chickenllady

    Chickenllady Out Of The Brooder

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    After having two of our Rhode Island Red and Red Sex Link Crosses Hatch, the third one finally hatched. It's eyes won't open and it can't move its legs; and its fuzz it crusted onto itself, and won't dry. What do I do? The broody hen won't sit on it, she's too focused on doing other things in her coop.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Is your hen not taking care of the chick? It needs some heat so put a heat lamp on it. Where are the other chicks?
     
  3. FalconsNest

    FalconsNest Just Hatched

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    I would take all the chicks and care for them, I don't mean to be mean to the mother hen but a hen typically doesn't move from the nest until a day or two, when the chicks under her are strong enough to move, eat etc.
    As for the baby RIR, I'm sorry but I don't think she'll make it. By all means take the chicks and care for them yourself. Trust me I know all about it, and I understand how worried you are.
     

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