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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tiffh, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. tiffh

    tiffh Hatching

    Feb 19, 2013
    hi there , i so very new to chickens,, i incubated 14 eggs 14 hatched,, wonderful... my one egg was late and seemed to be not making process so we helped... i know we shouldnt have,, but to be honest we thought she may have died already.. well dispite all the odds she make it.. us interviening and everything.. but i think she may be blind.. she is livley, but no eating or drinking that i can see.. and then i put my hand in all the other run away and she just stands there.. shes in the corner alot by herself.. i wanna siryange feed her,, try to help her, but im not sure what to feed her and how often.. please help. thanks

  2. AlienChick

    AlienChick Songster

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    Often times when a chick is unable to emerge from its own shell, there's usually a reason.
    Mother Nature has a way of allowing weak or disabled chicks to die.
    We humans, however, want to save everything; and, sometimes, it's not in the best interest of the chick.
    Sometimes you just have to allow them to die in peace.
    Force feeding the chick would probably do more damage than good.
    It's a tough decision, but sometimes it's best to stop the suffering.
    I wish you well with whatever you decide to do.

  3. tashtash

    tashtash Chirping

    Dec 23, 2012
    Perth Western Australia
    I have been in tears all day cause i took my remainder eggs out of incubator and cracked them open some were runny yolks and 10 of them had chicks inside them they were fully grown a couple were little but they were not breathing they must of had a problem and mother nature did not want them to go any further. as i looked closer i saw something weird on the bum area a huge bulge had formed one had no eyes so they must of been not ok to start. i still cried and cried and cried like a baby im 29 years old and i still cried. mother nature plays a big part in life. there now under a frangipani plant in my garden so i can still remember them. im mad or crazy i don't know but i just love chickens.
  4. hooray4chickens

    hooray4chickens Hatching

    Jan 19, 2013
    I'm sorry about your baby chick. This situation must be horrible to be in and I would also want to do the same thing. I have a subscription to BYC magazine and there was a woman talking in one of the issues about her blind hen that got sick. I remember her talking about how it was a little struggle in the beginning. She had to make a special waterer, feeder and nest box and move stuffs around but after tweaking a couple things a couple times she made her hens life very comfortable despite her being blind. So I believe if you're really ready for the challenge and time consumption it could be definitely worth it. I don't have the information you're looking for but I know you can find it online. Good luck with whatever you choose :)
  5. Sorry bout your losses but Mother Nature just wanted that chick to not go on... On the happy side u got a lot more chicks to play with an practice keeping healthy
  6. Blarneyeggs

    Blarneyeggs Crowing

    Oct 22, 2011
    Southeast PA

    Give this baby a drop or 2 of People Infant Vitamins, NO iron. This may pep her up a bit. I would put Chick Saver in the water (a little Gatorade works if you have no chick saver on hand). The standing alone is what is worrisome, chicks need to be kept warm.

    Good luck, let us know how she's doing.


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