Need Help 8 week old chick won't eat- We are beginners

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Luv2bemama, May 14, 2009.

  1. Luv2bemama

    Luv2bemama New Egg

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    I need some advice from more experienced chicken folk. My children and I got 12- 8 week old chicks on Saturday. We have one little girl who is so small. She is a Barred Rock. She was small but doing well until today. She has stopped eating and seems week. I have seperated her out from the rest of the birds. The birds all have a coop and large fenced area. I have her fenced in within the fence with her own food and water and a dog house for shelter. The man I go them from suggested I give her yogurt to spark her appetite. I mixed the yogurt in with her chick starter feed and she will not touch it. I just syringed some gently into her mouth and she ate it well. He went on to say sometimes they just don't make it. While I realize this is true, I want to do everything possible to help her chances of survival. I have four children and this particular hen is my 5 y/o son's. I do not want him to learn harsh realities in his first week with our chickens if I can help it. What if anything can I do to help "ChickenBob" regain her strength?

    Thanks in advance,

    Debi in FL
     
  2. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    Domesticated chickens are not from a diverse genetic makeup, some times they just fail to thrive- food or not.

    Apart from what you're doing, try some sugar water, or diluted gatorade, some grapes (for a snack, just to perk her up), and keep her warm.

    Death is death, its way over rated- in any species. She'll likely pull through, chickens survive even when it seems impossible for them to.

    Oh, and i'd put her in a cage in the house so she's with you, that might help her moral and will to survive.
     
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  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree, and sometimes if you mix the starter crumbles with a little water and yogurt, the consistency is easier for them to swallow.

    Are there vitamins in their water?

    Good luck with baby...
     
  4. johnkang

    johnkang Out Of The Brooder

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  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    How is she doing?
     
  6. Luv2bemama

    Luv2bemama New Egg

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    I think she is looking stronger today. She would not eat at all yesterday so I syringe fed her and gace her water by syring too. Today she is pecking feed from the ground and looking a bit better.She is drinking from the waterer too.
     

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