New member, New chicks, New questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LilBizzy, May 20, 2008.

  1. LilBizzy

    LilBizzy Chicken Storyteller

    May 20, 2008
    Hello Everyone!! I'm a new member (actually Bird Hearders Better Half), and as he posted, we have some new babies. Initially my daughter gave us 4 red sex-links , but hubby had to have more. It wasn't my idea, but he brought home 12 adorable lil fuzzybutts Friday night, and sheesh, who could resist?? Being he had to convienantly work on Saturday, I found myself building them a bigger nursery.( ok, he DID help cut the wood).
    We had baby chicks about 5 years ago ( which I also didnt want LOL but ended up taking care of them due to me having more free time than him) But I still feel new to this. Luckily ( or maybe UNluckily) I have a job where I can spend most of the day reading the forum - and I DO- and now I have a gazillion ideas for our coop addition, and I have learned alot.
    I have a concern, though. The chicks we got are supposed to be RIR's. We have a few that are very much lighter than the rest, with pure white wing feathers as opposed to multi shades of red/tan. Their legs are also more pink than yellow

    They aren't my main concern though. It's the little peanut. Not a "packing peanut" but a baby that is just so tiny. The first few days we were really sure it wouldn't make it. It was just laying around looking very weak. A little extra attention and it is up on it's feet, but very very wobbly. It just stands there, rocking slightly on it's feet. When the others run by, the lil peanut almost falls over from being unbalanced. I havent seen her lying down. She falls asleep - hanging her head forward till it touches the ground. And she always seems to be standing alone. Yesterday, I noticed some poo stuck on her butt, so I brought her in, and rested her on a very wet warm soft towel till the poo loosened. Then I gently wiped it off. Today, she seems to be so much better. Shes still a very little bit wobbly, but much more stable. And she was running with the rest of the group a little bit. I saw her sneak under the other chicks to get to the food, but she took only a few bites. And shes still sooooo much smaller than the others. So, my question is-- the wobbling, and sleeping like this, is it normal in a possibly runt? Here she is snoozing after I wiped her butt:

    I have probably alot more questions/comments/etc, but I think my post is long enough for now. Darn that Bird Hearder for getting me hooked!!!
  2. SoccerMomof7

    SoccerMomof7 Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Well I the last chickens I had were weak when I brought them home so I gave them a little sugar water and they perked up. I am new at this too so hopefully somebody with more experience can help more. BTW [​IMG]
  3. peepkeeper

    peepkeeper Songster

    Jul 5, 2007
    upstate New York
    Your chick had "pasty butt", good thing you took care of it, it's fatal if untreated. Keep an eye on their butts for about the first week, it can come back. If you notice any pasting up, just wipe or pick it off like you did. It probably was making the chick weak and now she's feeling her oomph. A little sugar in the water for a day or so for the energy will bring her around. Sounds like she's perking up already.

    So cute! And don't worry about them falling over and sleeping on their heads. baby chicks are freaky when they sleep and do that a lot.
  4. Sequin

    Sequin Songster

    May 20, 2008
    I can't offer any advice, but I really wanted to let you know that that last picture of your little sleeping peanut is just beyond precious!!!
  5. Bird Hearder

    Bird Hearder Songster

    Apr 10, 2008
    Salisbury, Md.
    Hi LIlbizzy [​IMG]

    We (ahem [​IMG] ) My better half and I, well I have a feeling the one's with the white wings may be Buff's, Where I got the Bitties from the guy did point to his showing birds and pointed them out but as far as I know he's only selling RIR's so I/we really don't know what they are.

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