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How to get my chick to eat?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kara_leigh, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was suggested to me to try to feed my chick some mashed up broccoli for Vit A. How the heck do you get a tiny chick to eat it?? I can't get it to open its mouth so I can't get anything in. Any suggestions? (at the moment I have the chick cuddled up under my boob, wrapped up snug in the folds of my tshirt and it seems happy, it just complains when I talk haha!)
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    How old is the chick?

    I'd mash the cooked broccoli up and mix it with chick starter feed, like a special oatmeal. And just leave it for the chick to eat. Why was Vit A specifically suggested, is the chick sick?
     
  3. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is 2 weeks old. It has been lethargic, and today it was uncoordinated and trembling, so Celtic Chick said that usually indicated a lack of Vit A and E and gave me a list of foods, but the only one we have is broccoli. I had another chick die last Thurs, so I'm trying my best to keep this one from dying also. [​IMG]
     
  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:what is their normal food? Maybe you should get a fresh bag?

    Probably easier than trying to get them to try new things (coz they're afraid of new stuff) would be to put some vitamins in their water. Poly-Vi-Sol no-iron liquid pediatric vitamins are usually recommended on here. 3 drops per 1/4 cup of water is what I was told.
     
  5. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just got new food on Monday b/c we were out.

    I've been giving it Poly-vi-sol since last Wed, one drop a day in its mouth.
     
  6. ShanCarl1971

    ShanCarl1971 Out Of The Brooder

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    I had one that was lethargic and didn't want to eat. I gave it small mealworms ....one at a time, about every thirty minutes..... took a while for it to eat the first one, but once it got a taste, oh boy! I think the wiggling was more than the baby could resist. Once she started eating the mealworms, she got up and moving, little by little , and started eating and drinking. The extra protein is good to get them up and going. I figured I had nothing to lose at that point. Once the appetite was stimulated, then I started adding the "extra" stuff to boost nutrtion.
     
  7. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all of the advice, but the chick died while we were sleeping last night. [​IMG]
     

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