HELP PLEASE! Limp/lifeless chick! Alive but wont move

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by c0rruptdreamer, May 14, 2014.

  1. c0rruptdreamer

    c0rruptdreamer New Egg

    Mar 27, 2014
    I hatched two dozen eggs with only 14 actually hatching. Four died and one is very small and sickly. These chicks are about 3 days old. All the living one are fine except two, the weak on and another one. This chick is very lifeless. His head just flops to the side limp and he doesn't move it. All he does is lay down and breathe hard. I fed him some water with an eyedropper and some chick started food. The whole time he didn't move and just let the water run down him beak. He doesn't move at all except when his sibling had him flipped on his back. He kicked him legs a little but then got still. His eyes are open and blinking and he seems responsive. He even peeps a tiny bit. The obly thing that seems wrong is that he's so limp. I picked him up and he's currently sitting in my bra. (I have no free hands) He's breathing really hard and I don't know what's wrong with him. Please help me if you have any ideas what I can do.
    Last edited: May 14, 2014
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    How long has it been like this? It sounds like you are doing what you can... Keep it warm, hydrated. Mix some egg yolk with water and give it that instead of food and water, if it can swallow o.k.
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  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    How is it doing now? Any better?
  4. Roberta giron

    Roberta giron New Egg

    Feb 6, 2015
    Denver co
    Please help I'm new at chickens I bought three baby chicks one out of no where seems lifeless but still breathing what should I do
  5. CoopedUpChicken

    CoopedUpChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2015
    More detail:

    eyes open?
    breathing rate?
    taking in food or water?
    laying down?
    how long laying down if not walking?
    hard to help if there's no description
  6. happytutuaway

    happytutuaway Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 19, 2015
    I'm having this problem right now.eyes closed. Laying down. Still breathing and moving her beak. She seems to be a runt. She was smaller then the other babies at the feed store. She was eating yesterday. Not sure what to do.

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