New chicks --- one not doing well

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by pdcttc, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. pdcttc

    pdcttc Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 31, 2010
    I got my new chicks from MPC today. One died a couple hours after I put them in the brooder.
    Another does not look well. It will get up and take a few steps-- them flop down again. When it walks it does not seem to extend it legs.
    I have seen it eat, but has not drank anything except when i diped her beak a couple of times.
    The other six are doing very well, running aroung eating, drinking and other chick stuff.

    Is there anything I can do to help the weak one--or will she perk up overnight?

    The one that died and the weak one are white leghorns, I have 1 more leghorn that seems to be doing well.
  2. ChickieBerryFarm

    ChickieBerryFarm Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 9, 2010
    Southern Indiana
    Hi and sorry to hear about your situation. I can relate all too well. I ordered from Cackle Hatchery and had a HORRIBLE experience...I don't recommend them at all. All of my chicks arrived alive, but struggling. I ended up losing half of them over the next day. I tried adding apple cider vinegar to the water and offering them hard-boiled egg crumbles. I think it really helped, but some were too bad off to recoup. I also went to Rural King and bought a vitamin pack that I added to their water...not with the apple cider'll need to alternate between the two. Also, a consistent warm temperature is crucial. Make sure that you dipped their beaks to start them drinking.

    All the best to you!!!
  3. cjatthefarm

    cjatthefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2010
    Sorry to hear you have a problem w/ your new babies.

    I had a chick in my order that had cloudy eyes the moment I took her out of the hatchery box. I watched her for a day & a half. She slept alot, and once she drink quite a bit; so I was hopeful. I went back an hour later and picked her up. The water she drank poured out into my hand. So, I looked at her bottom. It was crusty w/poop. I had read in a post here that they can get 'stopped up' and die a painful death.
    She was so lethargic I felt there was nothing to loose.....I put warm water on her and removed the poop. Then I gently squeezed her little body on each side. Bubbles and air and poop came out.

    I did it a second time, just to insure the darling was clear. More poop came out! I rinsed her bottom w/warm water and kissed her beak. She actually hung onto the metal 'bands' of the brooder lamp for warmth and to dry. I was scared, but knew I had done a good thing. She started eating within hours! She perked up by evening! I named her 'Norma Rea' for Sally Field's movie character years ago! She is 4 weeks now, smaller than everyone--but beautiful!

    So, I say all that to say this!!!!Check their bottoms! After that episode w/Norma Rea, every time I saw dried poop on someone's butt---I pulled it off and checked them later.

    The next day I happened to see little Norma Rea 'take a poop'!!! I was very happy! As any proud parent would be!
  4. crazzzymike13

    crazzzymike13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2007
    Give them sugar water. IT will give them a boost of energy.

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