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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 Hatching

    May 14, 2009
    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 Songster

    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.
    Last edited by a moderator: May 14, 2009
  3. 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 In the Brooder

    May 15, 2009
  5. How is she doing?
  6. Luv2bemama

    Luv2bemama Hatching

    May 14, 2009
    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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