Need help asap please!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TherryChicken, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. TherryChicken

    TherryChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Ok so I hatched chicks a few days ago. Well I noticed that they have been cold for several days, but just hot enough to keep them alive. Well I got them warm now n one died, one has straddled leg since day one, kept throwing it's head back, then stopped. Not can't stay upright. One now has a black toe that wasn't there before. And all are weak. Not eatting nor drinking. What's wrong?
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    A little more information would be helpful - were they being brooded by a hen or in a brooder? If in a brooder, what are you using for warmth that allowed them to become so chilled? What *is* the temperature they were at and are now at? How old are the chicks (bit hard to follow due to you saying they were hatched a few days ago but were cold for several days)?
     
  3. TherryChicken

    TherryChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah. Since they were born they were chilled. Uhm they are hatched by incubator and I am using a heat lamp for them. I guess it was too high up to give enough warmth.
     
  4. TherryChicken

    TherryChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    They are seramas.
     
  5. TherryChicken

    TherryChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Could it be they are just in bred?
     
  6. ochochicas

    ochochicas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need to have a thermometer in the brooder so you know how hot it is inside. The temp needs to be between 90 and 100 degrees or the chicks will die.

    Things like wry neck and leg issues are usually the result of improper incubation or poor nutrition. Chicks *can* survive for 3 days without eating, but mine have always started eating right away on their first day. If you still have live chicks you need to warm them up try feeding them water with electrolytes using a syringe or eye-dropper.
     
  7. Rose98

    Rose98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I currently have a weaker chick it is 4 days old and i couldn't get it to eat or drink.
    I tried wet baby starter, plain yogurt, cooked egg yolk but it refuses it all. I was recommend to try raw egg yolk and it can't stop eating it, it loves it. you can also mix it with something like cornmeal. All the best for your little chicks.
     
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  8. TherryChicken

    TherryChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I know. I've incubated for 3 years :). Just wondering what is wrong with them
     
  9. TherryChicken

    TherryChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you!!
     
  10. ochochicas

    ochochicas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a weak chick that aspirated some fluid when it hatched. I would open his little beak and put a tiny piece of chick starter in there. He would swallow it On day 5 he started eating on his own. He lost a lot of weight (about 25% of his original hatching weight) but survived. Of course he's a cockerel now, but he's a cutie!

    I hope your little one makes it!
     

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