Listless chick not eating. HELP!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jurrasiccluck, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. jurrasiccluck

    jurrasiccluck Just Hatched

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    HELP. My chick is listless and wont eat. One died last night from constipation. I gave it some feed and electrolyte from syringe to keep it going but I'm afraid. Maybe its constipated too but I'm not feeling swelling again HELP.
     
  2. lutherpug

    lutherpug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you know the other one died of constipation? Are you familiar with pasty butt? Are you checking for it and dealing with it as necessary? What do their butts look like?

    How many chicks and what age? What is the temp in your brooder?
     
  3. jurrasiccluck

    jurrasiccluck Just Hatched

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    13 in one tub. I'm not sure the temp and yes I know of pasty butt. The last one died of constipation, I know, because of the buildup, I just couldn't save it in time. But I don't know what's wrong with this one
     
  4. jurrasiccluck

    jurrasiccluck Just Hatched

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    And I think it is constipated because it hasn't popped all day
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    How old are the Chicks?....Possibly they are not warm enough?
    Could you mount a thermometer at chick hight to see how warm it is in the brooder?
    It should be at 85 to 90....That's the first week and then dropped down 5 degrees each week...
    If kept out in a garage? Temps drop at night ..Are you using a heat lamp? Or another type of heat source?

    Cheers?
     
  6. lutherpug

    lutherpug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree with @chickens really -

    Need more info about your chicks and setup. Ages, what you are using for heat, temp, etc.

    When you say "buildup" that sounds an awful lot like pasty butt.....

    It will be very hard for anyone to give you good advice without having more info. Hopefully your chick is better this morning.
     
  7. jurrasiccluck

    jurrasiccluck Just Hatched

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    Well I checked its butt and it doesn't have it and it popped a couple times this morning but still weak and its poop was whiteish and runny. They are only 5 days old
     
  8. jurrasiccluck

    jurrasiccluck Just Hatched

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    It also peeps lightly it doesn't lay down a lot and it keeps pecking other chick's combs.
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Need more info about heat, need to measure it with a thermometer.
    And what you are feeding and if they are drinking.
    Pics of your setup would really help here.

    Be careful with the syringe, you can 'drown' them pretty easy.
    Better to use a soaked Qtip held at side of beak to get them hydrated.
    Rubbing their chin and/or neck can help stimulate them to swallow.

    Here's my notes on chick heat, hope something in there might help:
    They need to be pretty warm(~85-90F on the brooder floor right under the lamp and 10-20 degrees cooler at the other end of brooder) for the first day or two, especially if they have been shipped, until they get to eating, drinking and moving around well. But after that it's best to keep them as cool as possible for optimal feather growth and quicker acclimation to outside temps. A lot of chick illnesses are attributed to too warm of a brooder. I do think it's a good idea to use a thermometer on the floor of the brooder to check the temps, especially when new at brooding, later I still use it but more out of curiosity than need.

    The best indicator of heat levels is to watch their behavior:
    If they are huddled/piled up right under the lamp and cheeping very loudly, they are too cold.
    If they are spread out on the absolute edges of the brooder as far from the lamp as possible, panting and/or cheeping very loudly, they are too hot.
    If they sleep around the edge of the lamp calmly just next to each other and spend time running all around the brooder they are juuuust right!

    The lamp is best at one end of the brooder with food/water at the other cooler end of the brooder, so they can get away from the heat or be under it as needed. Wattage of 'heat' bulb depends on size of brooder and ambient temperature of room brooder is in. Regular incandescent bulbs can be used, you might not need a 'heat bulb'. You can get red colored incandescent bulbs at a reptile supply source. A dimmer extension cord is an excellent way to adjust the output of the bulb to change the heat without changing the height of the lamp.


    Or you could go with a heat plate, commercially made or DIY: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/pseudo-brooder-heater-plate
     
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  10. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed




    Great info aart.........You took your time to reply.....awesome !!!!

    What aart said.......


    Cheers!
     
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