Limp and lifeless chick, any ideas?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Coreyboy18, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. Coreyboy18

    Coreyboy18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I received my chicks yesterday and all seemed to be great. Today I noticed one sleeping a lot, which I know chicks do, but when I returned from lunch I knew something was wrong. I picked her up and her body is just limp, her head dangles, her eyes are closed and she looks really bad. She is alive and breathing, she is also doing this thing when she opens her mouth and extends her neck...looks like a type of gasp of sorts but it doesn't follow her breathing pattern. I mixed some of the starter feed with some sugar water and put it in a syringe to feed to her. I gave her a little bit but she doesn't really take to it, she shakes her head. Any ideas on how I can bring her back to life? Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

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    Usually when they get to that point, it's too late. The only thing I ever had work is popping them in to a warm Bator to get them totally warm.
     
  3. Coreyboy18

    Coreyboy18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, you're right. Just that fast, she's gone. [​IMG]
     
  4. jmtcmkb

    jmtcmkb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:aww so sorry [​IMG]
     
  5. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
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    I am sorry about your chick, some just don't make it.[​IMG]
     
  6. bleith

    bleith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    really sorry, I had the same thing happen to me a few months ago.
     
  7. happytutuaway

    happytutuaway Out Of The Brooder

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    Having this problem right now. I'm getting nervous. Is there anything I can do to try to help it??
     
  8. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Get some Poultry Nutri-drench, and place a drop alongside its beak. Then put a few drops in its water so the water has a tint about the same as weak tea. You can try feeding it crumbled tofu if it refuses to eat its chick crumbles after moistening them.

    Unfortunately, some chicks fail to thrive no matter what you do. I recently had one, and it was terribly sad.
     
  9. happytutuaway

    happytutuaway Out Of The Brooder

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    She died 5 minutes after this post. So sad.
     
  10. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm so sorry. Just know that this happens to many of us, and it's sad and disappointing. Some chicks hatch with genetic flaws that prevent them from thriving.
     

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