Need help urgently!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cyberwuzzle, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. cyberwuzzle

    cyberwuzzle In the Brooder

    Jul 21, 2013
    I just received six baby chicks from My Pet Chicken. One of them is on her back with her neck craned backward. She's peeping and I got her to drink some water. She had goop on her butt, which I cleansed away. Pasty butt?? Is there anything I can do for her, or does it sound like she's too far gone? Poor thing.
  2. carolbeau

    carolbeau In the Brooder

    Mar 8, 2013
    Wake County, NC
    I had a chick that was on its way out after a recent My Pet Chicken order. Call them. You will get to speak to a real live person and they are experts who have chickens themselves. They'll ask you questions about what she looks like and talk you through every possible option before ruling her out. They will understand if you are brand new to chickens (as I was). At least that's what they did with me. I highly recommend picking up the phone in this scenario (even though I tend to avoid phone calls generally). They are friendly and down-to-earth. Best of luck to you!
  3. Wow, that sounds hard.

    Can you take a picture?

    I would keep her warm and isolated so the others don't peck her to death. Keep dipping her beak every few hours and just wait and see I guess.

    Do you think her neck is broken? Is it floppy, or rigid?

  4. cyberwuzzle

    cyberwuzzle In the Brooder

    Jul 21, 2013
    Willow -- her neck isn't broken. She drinks on her own when I hold her to the watered, raising and lowering her head. She looks almost like she's having a seizure. On her side, neck craned backward.

    I dipped her butt in warm water. I don't see any more obstructions. I dappled a little olive oil on her vent--which looks swollen. I got her to drink a little and she pecked at a bit of food by her head. I separated her from the others.

    For the rest of the chicks, I gave them yogurt mixed with crumble...they don't seem to like it much, though.

    I have a call into My Pet Chicken. Good idea. I wasn't thinking straight!
  5. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Songster

    May 18, 2012
    Northern Virginia
    My Coop
    Think I'd try some Sav-A-Chik, she could be needing electrolytes.
  6. mattsinger

    mattsinger Songster

    Mar 9, 2013
    Davison, MI
    I remember reading a couple threads on this a few months back.. it seems it was a vitamin deficiency...but I dont remember which vitamin...seems it was D or E.
  7. bauerdog

    bauerdog Songster

    Sep 6, 2012
    central jersey
    i had one do that as well. definitely call them. all their suggestions worked and the chick is doing well. MPC actually called me a week later to see how she was doing. good luck.
  8. cyberwuzzle

    cyberwuzzle In the Brooder

    Jul 21, 2013
    I rushed out and got probiotics and electrolytes, but I talked to MPC and it seems this little one might just be deformed. I've done all I can, so now nature must take its course. Thanks for all the advice!

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