Lethargic chick? Please help

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChickenMama6136, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. ChickenMama6136

    ChickenMama6136 In the Brooder

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    Hi BYC!
    I recently got 17 new chicks-6 Rhode island reds, 4 polish, 4 barred plymouth rock, and 3 golden laced wyandottes. I have noticed that one of my polish-Whitey- has been acting very sleepy. I havent seen anything else strange so i am trying to see if he is eating/drinking regularly. She is really sweet though! Any help is appreciated! 20190610_155016.jpg 20190609_193238.jpg
    Ps. I might just be overreacting and she is sleepy but i just want another opinion.
     
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  2. AGirlAndHerChickens

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    It's normal for chicks to sleep a lot. If it has runny poo, is having trouble walking and is not eating or drinking, then be concerned. Otherwise, I'd say Whitey is looking fine.
     
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  3. linsybird

    linsybird Chirping

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    How old are they? I had a chick like that, and I actually posted something just like this almost a year ago! It was after I got a shipment of chicks and had one that didn’t want to eat or drink. I was told to try feeding her raw egg yolk. I has to use a straw (I didn’t have a dropper) to get her to try a little, but after that she perked up and did just fine.
     
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  4. ChickenMama6136

    ChickenMama6136 In the Brooder

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    She is 1 week old, i might have to try that.
     
  5. ChickenMama6136

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    Update- i gave her some egg yolk and she ate some and wiped some off. She is drinking but from what I have seen she is bot eating :confused: i dont know what to do. Also she walks and chirps normallt:thumbsup 15603040595847990993367496573406.jpg
     
  6. AGirlAndHerChickens

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    You could try some yogurt. Maybe? I'm not an expert in CHICK health, but I've read that they can eat yogurt. Don't give it to her on a regular basis as it could cause for some digestive issues and runny poo, but I don't see how a little would hurt. I usually sprinkle some layer feed in when giving it to my sick hens. You could use chick starter. If I'm wrong, please tell me. I don't know if anybody else has any better ideas?
     
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  7. McBriec

    McBriec In the Brooder

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    I would consider separating her and 1 or 2 other of the gentle chicks to keep her company so she doesn't have to deal with the stress of larger numbers of chicks.
    Ideally it would be some kind of wire separation where they could all see each other to help avoid reintegration issues. RIRs have a reputation for being prone to aggression so I would watch them closely to make sure they are not contributing to a stressful environment.

    I got 2 Polish chicks and they were definitely the least vigorous initially but are now little rampagers They are hands down my favorite chickens and could each be comedy stars with their own shows. Perhaps giving Nutridrench, a vitamin supplement, might help redress any possible nutritional imbalance. Keeping my fingers crossed for your little Polish beauty.
     
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  8. Tycine1

    Tycine1 Crowing

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    Please make sure her bum is clean. Them little squirts sometimes have trouble with their little squirters.
     
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  9. ChickenMama6136

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    Thanks, there is some really good info in these!! I'll give you an update later:fl:highfive:
     
  10. Has anyone tried sugar water and, if so, what should the mixture be? My little guys are weird- they don’t like egg yolk, they don’t like the raw ACV water, and I have a chick who just stands under her heating plate all the time. She seems kind of wobbly when she’s standing and I don’t see her drinking or eating nearly as much as her siblings. Of course she is my favorite, so this is pretty distressing. What can I do considering none of the stuff has worked so far? They all turned their beaks up at the gro-gel- yuck!
     

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