new chick, may need help?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kari_dawn, May 19, 2019.

  1. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Songster

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    Okay, this is kind of a long story. I lost my blue orpington to old age about a month ago (she hatched in 2012, came from my pet chicken hatchery). I loved her dearly. She moved with me when I returned to university to finish my degree, and was the sole survivor of multiple assaults by a terrible neighbor dog. She is the reason I got more chickens after that dog was gone. I couldn't let her be alone, and I couldn't part with her. Before she died, she laid two eggs.

    One of them hatched on the 16th (a day early). It's been doing good so far, but I have yet to see it have a full crop, and it keeps doing this gasping thing (I took a video, but can't figure out how to upload it). I have never hatched chicks before. This is my very first one. The chick is fluffy and happy, growing adult feathers on it's wings, and doesn't seem distressed, so maybe I am just being over-cautious, but can someone tell me it's okay, or tell me what I need to do to help this baby? I really want this chick to make it.
     
  2. AltonaAcres

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    Chicks pant when hot. Could that be it? Chicks also breath funny right after they eat a little too much food. It looks like they are trying to swallow.
     
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  3. kari_dawn

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    It does not appear to be panting (it actually seemed to be shivering while I was taking the video...its back on the heating pad now, and quiet), it does appear as if it is trying to swallow a bit, but crop is empty.
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

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    The video may be helpful - upload to youtube and provide a link. (the BYC upload does not work at all)
     
  5. kari_dawn

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    ugh I can't seem to get it to upload >.>
     
  6. Wyorp Rock

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    :hugs
    How is she doing?
     
  7. kari_dawn

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    She seems fine...she was the only one to hatch from her group, so other than screaming when she realizes there are humans here (and chatting away as soon as she is picked up), she acts normal *shrug*
     
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  8. Wyorp Rock

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    Glad that she is doing fine.
    So she's a lone chick? Do you think you could find some chicks her age so she has some friends?
    How many other chickens do you have?
     
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  9. NewchickieLTJ

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    You could give her a friend. Do you have a store nearby where you can buy a baby chick?
     
  10. kari_dawn

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    I actually had a group of older chicks when she hatched. I put her in there with them, but she still wants to be with the hoomans ha ha
     

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