MY CHICK ISN'T DRINKING! Is she going to survive??? HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Gelo75, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. Gelo75

    Gelo75 Out Of The Brooder

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    My australorp is falling asleep a lot. In one thread, I read that theirs got sleepier and sleepier, then died. In one thread I read that she might be stressed and might need some electrolytes or sugar water. I don't know how to get it to drink. I only have two chicks, so I really don't want it to die.[​IMG] PLEASE HELP! [​IMG] Thank you![​IMG]
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    How old? Baby chicks sleep all the time. If it is notably sicker than the other, and they are the same age, you can dip the beak into sugar water, but chicks are both hardy and fragile at the same time.
     
  3. Gelo75

    Gelo75 Out Of The Brooder

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    She is 4 days old. It is a bit better now>[​IMG]
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Just for future reference, a newly hatched chick doesn't eat or drink much for the first 48 hours. They absorb the entire egg yolk just before they hatch and that sustains them for the first few days. Hatching from an egg is also hard work, so they tend to sleep a lot the first few days.

    I'm glad your chick looks better!
     
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  5. Gelo75

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    Thanks![​IMG]
     
  6. ShinShien

    ShinShien Overrun With Chickens

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    I had a speckled sussex like that once. I dipped her beak into Nutri-drench then water every few hours *I forget how long*, but this went on for about 3 days. She eventually got better.
     

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