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I don't think s/he will make it...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by heritagebirds, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. heritagebirds

    heritagebirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Eastern Shore MD
    I'm not terribly broken up, as there is little I can do other than give him the water, and I have tried. It seemed fine out of the incubator, but started pecking at it's feet. The water...even the sugar water doesn't seem to be helping...The poor thing is slipping away. I put it back in the one incubator after another try at giving it water. Did I miss something? I just lost one last weekend, so I'm getting a little used to it. Any ideas? thank you.
     
  2. heritagebirds

    heritagebirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Eastern Shore MD
    Anyone?
     
  3. chickenhick

    chickenhick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When did this chick hatch?
     
  4. chickeepoo

    chickeepoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please post more information about your chick, like age, what you're feeding, exact symptoms, and everything you've done for it thus far; did you say it's picking at its own feet?
     
  5. chickeepoo

    chickeepoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please post more information about your chick, like age, what you're feeding, exact symptoms, and everything you've done for it thus far; did you say it's picking at its own feet?

    OOPS must have pressed "submit" too hardÂ… sorry
     
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  6. heritagebirds

    heritagebirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Eastern Shore MD
    I didn't know what else to do, so I put it back in the hatcher. It is doing MUCH better. I had given it sugan water and plain water....it won't drink on it's own. I have been feeding it a custom food mix used for game and domestic poultry, but it wasn't eating either. All of my other chicks(15 other ones) are doing perfect with the food. I think there might be something wrong with it developmentally, though. It isn't really walking right...it falls on it's back alot and can't get back up. I will baby it, as I can provide it's own brooder, providing that it will be able to survive out of the hatcher. That you for answering me...I headed to bed a little early and didn't get the message. [​IMG] I hope it will be okay...
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2009
  7. 007Dawn

    007Dawn Out Of Coop

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    We are going through a battle with one of ours as well. She will drink the water mixed heavily with molassas but I have to feed her through a droper.

    I put a bit on her beak and let it roll down then she shakes it off and opens her mouth just enough for me to drip it down her throat. SHe is swallowing it and she seems happy getting it.

    But like you, I don't know, other than a prayer there isn't much I can do either.

    I do have her inside with me and cuddling her with a towel around her seems to make her very happy and relaxed so she is being rocked alot!
     
  8. Chicken Dave

    Chicken Dave Out Of The Brooder

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    try giving him some food
     
  9. heritagebirds

    heritagebirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Eastern Shore MD
    Thank you Dawn and Dave. I gave more sugar water and it is drinking better. I will see if I can get it to eat... It just doesn't seem to know what to do with food or water...
     
  10. heritagebirds

    heritagebirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Eastern Shore MD
    Quote:Sorry, chickenhick, didn't see your post. I thought that it was Monday, as I wouldn't be worried about it on Wednesday unless it had been a couple of day since hatch.
     

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