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My Chick is Dying....But I Will Never Give Up!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by k2chickens, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. k2chickens

    k2chickens Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    New Castle, Indiana
    Today I went into my local TSC to purchase some chicken feed for my one week old chicks. When I was there I noticed that they had baby chicks for sale so I went over to look at them and found a baby chicken getting trampled by the others. I picked her up and noticed she was still breathing I could not bare leaving her there to die so I brought her home. I knew I could get the help I needed to hopefully nurse her back to health on this website!

    The only information I have about her is that she is a few days old and was shipped to the TSC this morning. She is not moving at all and was prolly an hour away from death before I picked her up. I got on the forum as soon as I got home with her and saw someone else was having this problem caused by dehydration. I feed her some sugar water and kept her under the lamp and gave her, her own space and she seems to be doing better.

    I hope she makes it and she seems like such a trooper in just a few minutes she started drinking on her own and making attempts to stand up! If anyone has any other advice I would greatly appreciate it!

  2. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

    Apr 11, 2009
    moisture is her only hope
    try and give her some water with apple cider vineager
    I would make a pint of water and use it with 1 tsp of ACV nd you can add the sugar also to it
    but the ACV will help hydrate her tisues

    She surely will live if you help her

    I would give her the
    ACV water mixed in
    1 tbsp od dry crumbleswith 2 tbsp of the ACV water
    and warm it 15 seconds in the microwave.
    then put in small sauce so she can get it from the edge of the saucer
    take and leave it 1 hr
    then dump it and make her new mixture warmed
    she surely will eat the warm wet mash better than the dry crumbles
    along with the ACV to drink
  3. k2chickens

    k2chickens Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    New Castle, Indiana
    I will try this now I hope it helps she is looking a little better from the sugar water and has been able to open her eyes now. I think the ACV would do better then the sugar water cause i heard that could cause a pasty butt and the ACV would prolly be less damaging to her stomach
  4. lovemychix

    lovemychix Songster

    Oct 14, 2008
    Moulton Iowa
    I had one like that and she made it. She layed her first egg this week. Give her a little stuffed animal to cuddle with. Best wishes!
  5. k2chickens

    k2chickens Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    New Castle, Indiana
    She is near my other chicks and she enjoys listening to them and she is getting some comfort from it. I don't want to let her join the others yet because she had been trampled from the ones she was with in TSC and being dragged by them. She is being such a trooper and I have high hopes she will make it!

    I also have medicated crumbles if that would make a difference or not?
  6. k2chickens

    k2chickens Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    New Castle, Indiana
    Quote:Thanks for the encouragement and I am glad to hear your hen made it! Does the stuff animal thing really work?
  7. k2chickens

    k2chickens Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    New Castle, Indiana
    well since her recent slight recovery there has not been any change i did the ACV and water and tried to let her drink that although she was not wanting it and I could only get her to drink 2 droplets. I am going to try again in half an hour.

  8. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    After losing 2 chicks last week, you are doing everything you can for her. I fed mine every 2 hours, watered down starter feed and water. I also gave them vitamins every day. Have you tried them?

    I am exactly like you, I take in the ones that need extra help and I never give up. Last year I saved a spraddle leg banty. Leg never healed so she lives in the house and thinks she is a cat, but lays a lot of eggs [​IMG]

    Best of luck to you and your little one [​IMG]
  9. crait

    crait Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
    Offer her both kinds of water too! Regular and if you must, sugar water.
    Also, make sure she has some darkness so she can sleep! Putting a lamp right on top of her when she needs to rest really contradicts the whole idea.
  10. k2chickens

    k2chickens Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    New Castle, Indiana
    thanks for all the advice. Here's the update:

    We brought her home at 9pm Apr 23 so we have had her for 6 hours and her progress is looking good! She has only drank in that time period. When she stands, she wobbels from side to side...not bad...but noticeable. She also can only holder her wings up at about 50% from the ground to her sides. She hardly opens her eyes at all...but is chirping her head off to my other girls in the next bin over. She has yet to eat anything and we have yet to see her poo at all. We also noticed that she seemed to enjoy the sugar water but has hardly taken any ACV water at all. Should i switch back to the water she liked???? I really want to see her eat tho, so should i be more worried about that or just keeping her hydrated??

    Also towards the keeping her in darkness suggestion. She seems to want to stay right under my heat lamp, but if i turn it off...won't i risk her getting to cold??? With her delicate state...im really not sure what to do on that one.
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