Lost a splay legged chick & would like opinions on why *pics*

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fun monitor, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. fun monitor

    fun monitor Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    southern california
    I found a little barely day-old chick at a feed store on the bottom of the pile in an aquarium with her legs out to her sides. She was peeping pitifully and I had to have her. I brought her home and made her a band aid splint and she seemed good to go. She was weak for a few days and HATED the splint, but seemed to be improving right before she died. By improving I mean she was eating and pooping regularly and normally, as opposed to my feeding her the previous days.

    I took off to visit family last Monday for about 6-7 hours. It had been in the high 80's the day before so I unplugged the heat lamp (ugh, I know) and left all the chicks with just one lamp sort of high up, and the garage door open a bit for ventilation. The crippled chick was in a plastic shoebox by herself (ugh again, but the others pecked at her) on top of the brooder, thus closer to the light. Anyway, when I got home at around 8PM, she was dead [​IMG]

    I'm struggling with wondering whether she died of something else wrong or if she got too cold. It was 72 in the brooder when I came home, but she was on top and had a little stuffed animal to cuddle up to.

    I tried to include links to pictures but I couldn't figure it out. It's been a long time since I've been on a message board!

    Thanks for listening.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2008
  2. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    It is very possible the chick was compromised while developing in the egg or suffered other injuries from the chicks stomping on it that you may not see. Either way, you did what you could, and that is all anyone could do.
  3. Sharisr32

    Sharisr32 Egg Killer ;)

    Jan 14, 2007
    OH/PA Boarder
    72 is too low - it may have gotten cold - but it sounds like it just had a yucky start from the beginning and that you did a great job rescuing it
    regardless ---
  4. fun monitor

    fun monitor Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    southern california
    I wanted to post some pictures of the little chick and how I splinted her:

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    Although I realize I let her get too cold, I do think something else was wrong with her. Her crop was always squishy and pushed to the side and she was always thirsty. I did what I could and tried to keep her comfortable.
  5. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    72 was way to cold for a chick that size.
    Looked like she was doing well with the splink.

    :-( SORRY
  6. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    No matter what actually caused her to die, you were obviously doing everything you could to help her. I know it hurts, but you deserve big hugs for loving her and trying to make her alright.
  7. fun monitor

    fun monitor Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    southern california
    I do have to add that it wasn't 72 the whole time, it was probably 85 most of the time but 72 when I got home at 8PM. Still, I realize 85 wasn't warm enough either. [​IMG] At least I know what not to do if there is ever a next time.

    Thanks for all the sympathy.
  8. goatkeepers

    goatkeepers Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Mooresville, NC
    Aaaw, now don't beat yourself up!! You did more than anyone at the feedstore would have done for her! She would've surely died there, a lot sooner, I think! At least she had a coupole of nice last days with you!! *Hugs* from NC!! [​IMG]

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