How often to manualy feed an injured chick?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DigitalEd, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. DigitalEd

    DigitalEd Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 8, 2010
    Upstate SC
    Hey all,
    I recently found one of my ~5 week old Golden Comet chicks in need of help. Long story short, it appears that one or both of it's legs are injured and it can't stand or move around much. It was constantly peeping.

    Over the past few days, I've been giving her water, electrolytes(coconut water), yogurt, etc. Today there were noticeable improvements. She was trying to stand to reach the feeder but couldn't. I just picked her up and held her over the feeder and she started to eat and eat.

    She still can't do it herself so I'm wondering how often should I help her?

    How often does she need food and water?

    ----- Ed
  2. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    Mar 20, 2012
    Sounds like you're doing a great job! Instead of syringe feeding her, since she is willing to eat on her own, you could spread out food in front of her so she can peck at it easier. Maybe have the water in a shallow dish.
    Good luck!

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