Newborn chick won't eat!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Dandelion007, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. Dandelion007

    Dandelion007 Songster

    Dec 7, 2008
    Durant, OK
    I'm trying to get a new hatched chick to eat and it won't. Sure it will peck occasionally but it's very obvious it's not eating. I've been dipping it's beak in vitamin & electrolytes with sugar. It is seeing all of the others pecking and it's not getting the lesson.

    What can I do short of putting a feeder tube in (joke)?
  2. Dandelion007

    Dandelion007 Songster

    Dec 7, 2008
    Durant, OK
    Never mind.

    The baby is dying now.
  3. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Quote:I am so sorry. [​IMG]
  4. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    Actually, a chick can live 3 days on the yolk absorbtion alone, so it is not uncommon for them not to eat right off.

    If your baby passed, I am so sorry-sounds like maybe it just wasn't meant to be, not because it wouldn't eat.
  5. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    Quote:I agree
  6. Dandelion007

    Dandelion007 Songster

    Dec 7, 2008
    Durant, OK
    It "hatched" on Friday. Actually, I had helped it because some were sticking. Yes, I know the humidity was not high enough. I had left it in the incubator because we went to a poultry show. I got it out and put in the brooder on Saturday night when we got back home. It seemed to be doing good like everyone else. There is one other that was in the same predicament and it's still strong and eating everything in sight. I noticed today that it was not growing (already a difference) and then upon further observation that it was not drinking or eating. As mentioned, yes it should still be running on yolk (it's only been 2 days) so I guess it just wasn't meant to be. I was just trying everything I could think of to help the little guy (or girl).

    Thanks for all the concern.

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