new chick not eating!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lowry075, May 28, 2011.

  1. lowry075

    lowry075 Songster

    Mar 29, 2011
    Southern California
    Hi, we just added three chicks to our home. One is just standing there, doing nothing while the other two eat and walk around. I am worried about her. She seems to be in good health, but she doesn't drink or eat. It has been about two and a half hours. Any suggestions? [​IMG]
  2. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    Gently dip the beak in water. A little sugar water might help too. Good luck.
  3. N&MSchroeder

    N&MSchroeder Songster

    Feb 4, 2011
    SE Idaho
    It is important for her to be drinking. Did you dip her beak in the water when you first put her in the brooder? This usually helps them find out where the water is. If I have a chick who does this, I usually mix warm water with a little sugar and then scoop up a little in a teaspoon and dip the chick's beak in it. Most chicks will drink this. If you have electrolytes, try these as well, but don't add too much! More is not better here. [​IMG] I have also used hard boiled egg yolks to temp the chick to eat. Most chicks will sleep a lot at first, but she needs be drinking and eating. A lot of my chicks did stand for the first few days instead of lying down, so this isn't unusual behavior. Keep us posted!

    Oh, and [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 28, 2011
  4. lowry075

    lowry075 Songster

    Mar 29, 2011
    Southern California
    She drank the sugar water, thanks for the idea.
  5. Fritatta

    Fritatta Chirping

    May 16, 2011
    Woodstock, GA
    I had 3 chicks that I had to nurse cause they just didnt catch on. Used an eye dropper to get water into them, or Pedialyte.
    Also you can shake up an egg with some milk and feed it to them.

    Mine seemed to come around soon after that.

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