Hen almost killed chick.. HELP

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by paigeclark22, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. paigeclark22

    paigeclark22 New Egg

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    So my hen hatched 3 baby chicks 2 days ago then 1 yesterday. However, I walked outside to feed them yesterday and the chicks and hen was swarming the newly hatched chick pecking it and making him bleed.

    I immedianlty put him in the house with a heat lamp, covers, and a box. I also put a fluffy stuffed animal for him to snuggle. Even though he is a day old, he still has dried feathers stuck to his body. I get up regularly and feed him mashed chick starter with water and make sure he's warm.

    There looks to be dried blood in the center of his naval. He passes poop regularly, it's a little runny though. Chirpie also cheeps a lot. That's where we got his name. He wobbles a lot and cannot walk very far on his own.

    Is there anything else I can do??? I'm worried
     
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2016
  2. sebloc

    sebloc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, so sorry that this happened :/

    You made the right choice. If any chick is bleeding, the others will most likely go after it. For whatever reason the hen was pecking at the chick, (sadly, the hen may have denied it) make sure all the cuts on the chicks body are treated well. Do you notice any problems, (limping while walking, refusing to eat, etc)? I wouldn't put the chick back in the pen when it heals.

    Possibly, the chicks pecked the one chick and it started bleeding causing to make the hen want to join in. Who knows :/

    Good luck. I wish you the best.
     
  3. paigeclark22

    paigeclark22 New Egg

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    He has a hard time keeping his balance, can't walk too far on his own. He drinks water better than eats his mash. Is there any liquid food I can give him?
     
  4. Bantambird

    Bantambird Overrun With Chickens

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    You can give him mushed egg yolks thinned with a little water
     
  5. sebloc

    sebloc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Make sure he/she is eating and drinking properly. Getting the chick good exercise is also important, but for now, let him/her rest. Good luck.
     

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