How can I tell if a baby chick is dead or not?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by metalman488, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. metalman488

    metalman488 Out Of The Brooder

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    Guys I know this sounds like a stupid question, but here are my reasons for asking it: I had a chick that looked dead and then I found out that it was just laying down (it was dying though, and it didnt do anything when I poked it) and also I usually check if an animal is dead by seeing how stiff the body is, but I checked one of my chicks that had been dead for a day or two and it still wasnt stiff. So how do I tell?
     
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  2. Sarevan

    Sarevan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No pain response when pinching a toe. No breathing sounds may have to hold to ear. Chicks also cool off very fast losing body heat.
     
  3. metalman488

    metalman488 Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, Thank you.
     
  4. cbascom

    cbascom Out Of The Brooder

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    Gently palpate chest wall for heart beat. Although, if the chick is so sick that he doesn't react when you touch him, then death is probably imminent.
     

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