Momma threw up water and baby drank/ate it???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nwall1985, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. nwall1985

    nwall1985 New Egg

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    Our Silkie hen has one chick (4 days old) so far (she's laying on another 7). She and her chick and eggs have been in our garage with 250w heat lamp above her for about 1 1/2 weeks now. Everything has been going as it should be except I noticed my hen threw up water and then her chick drank/ate it immediately after. Is this normal?? I have never seen my hen ever do this. She is acting normal and so is chick with the exception that she likes to sleep huddled up against mom and not under. I'm wondering if that is normal as well? As all of our other chicks in the past laid under.

    I'm probably over thinking but just want to be sure.

    Thanks!
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    Why do you have a heat lamp over the Mama and baby? They don't need a heat lamp. Mama will keep baby warm. The chick is not going under Mom because they are both too warm.
     
  3. nwall1985

    nwall1985 New Egg

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    This entire time I thought heat lamps were needed. I moved mom and chick away from the lamp and chick went directly under mom. Thank you!
    Do you have insight on mom throwing up water and chick drinking it up?
     
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  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    I'm thinking you are cooking them and that's why Mom is sick. Can you just turn the lamp off??? Not unusual for an animal to eat the vomit of an other, or even it's own.
     
  5. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    She's drinking water in excess because it's hot. Shut the light off. Heat lamps are for chicks that don't have a hen.
     
  6. BIggoMamma

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    Give mama electrolytes in the water. They can be found in little envelopes at your farm supply store. Also, probiotics. These items are cheap and will help keep healthy.
     
  7. nwall1985

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    Lamp is off and electrolytes put in water. Thank you everyone!
     
  8. lazy gardener

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