Hi from Devine, TX!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jramirez, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. jramirez

    jramirez In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2012
    Hello everyone! I am a newbie wanting to learn more about raising chickens :) I just recently purchased 2 chicks from a local feed store....anyhow not knowing much about it at all i asked what questions i thought were best. unfortunately i am down to one chick. but i had a really bad scare. the first little chick died and i noticed that it had a ball below it's throat. i had no clue...then last night when i got home i checked on my chick and it was fine, i cleaned it's water feeder and gave it some feed. (from the small brown bag that had "chick feed" handwritten on it that was given to me when i bought the chicks) i gave it about 3 pinches. about an hour later i checked and the food was pretty much gone and the chick was fine. i left the house for 15 minutes and when i returned i saw the poor chick laying on it's side with a huge ball where i assumed is it's stomach. am i right? i was so sad and thought that it was going to die. about 2 hours later i went to check on it again and to my surprise it was up and around again! can someone please help me figure out what is going on and if there is something that i am doing wrong?

    btw - the chick feed that was given to me looks like sawdust to me but maybe it could be like oats??? idk.....


  2. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Crowing

    Jan 12, 2012
    Is the ball at the end of the throat? That's their crop! It looks all bulgy because it's all their food in there and they are full. I don't know what could have happened to the other chick, but if they are less than a week old their brooder should be at 90F, then drop by 5F every week. Until you get to 60-65, is when you can keep it steady there. Try mixing a pinch of sand in their feed to help prevent pasty butts.

    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2012
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. What kind of bedding? I use a towel over the shavings for the first few days so they learn what is food and what is not. Your chick will need some friends, :thumbsup
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  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    The chick feed is a product that is made of grains and minerals, mixed together then cooked, then ground into a smaller size for the chicks to eat.
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.

  8. greymane

    greymane Songster

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
  9. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Songster

    May 16, 2011
    Hi && Welcome!!!

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