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Help with nursing weak chick in brooder away from mama hen

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hollyd37, May 23, 2016.

  1. hollyd37

    hollyd37 Hatching

    May 23, 2016
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Our silkies hatched 9 chicks, and this is our first experience with Mama hens and their babies. One was born with straddle legs, so we followed online directions to tape and correct it. While baby healed, which only took 2 days, we kept her indoor in brooder. She didn't have coordination or desire to peck food or water, so we hand fed and watered her (egg yolk and medicated chick starter feed). Day 3, we took her to mama hens and babies, but she chirped so loudly nonstop (cried)! Good news--hens didn't peck her and taught her to scratch and peck for food. Still wont drink on her own, and wouldnt stay under mama's wing, isolated herself. Bad news---never stopped crying. After 1 hour of supervision, I brought her in, held her, fed her and put her in brooder. 1 hour later, she still hasn't stopped crying so loudly. Anyone have experience here? How can we help her get calm, and what can we do to further integrate her with flock of sweet silkies when time is right? Thank you!

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - sorry to hear about your problem chick. I'd suggest posting your question on the "Raising baby chicks" forum for the best advice.

    Good luck
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sometimes a chick crying a lot is because they are too hot or too cold. You may get her to drink water on her own by sweetening it a bit with sugar. Also tap on the water dish to show her that is where she should drink. A momma hen would do that. If she is just lonely, put a small stuffed animal with her to cuddle with, and a non breakable mirror, so she sees another chick. If she doesn't seem ill, maybe you could put another docile chick in with her. Chickens are flock animals and do best with a buddy or two. You can also give her 2 drops of Polyvisol (NO IRON) pediatric drops 3 times a day. This usually gives them a boost.
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. hollyd37

    hollyd37 Hatching

    May 23, 2016
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Thank you so much. Very good ideas. We put another docile chick in with her, and she had a tiny pillow my daughter sewed, which she did love to snuggle. So sadly, she just never stopped crying loudly. She ate and drank through it all (from dropper, tapping or dipping beak didnt matter to her), but she never calmed down. She didn't seem nutrition lacking, so I just don't know what caused her to not make it. So sad and don't want this to happen to others (15 more eggs hens are sitting on).

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