Newly hatched chick not eating

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by azrc, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. azrc

    azrc In the Brooder

    Mar 27, 2009
    I have a hen that hatched five (/7) of her own eggs. There was a crack in the nest that allowed the chicks to fall through that I didn't know about and assumed that the other chickens got to them and ate them.

    Fortunately I found them in time and after a couple of days without water four of them seem to b e perfectly fine, the last however doesn't seem to want to eat or drink. I've been dropping sugar waterand ground up food down its throat, but it does not seem to want to eat at all. The other babies are running around a pen with their mother, but this chick just stands there and peeps loudly all day and won't peck at anything. The hen pecks at it occasionally, but it will just run away.

    It seems fairly strong, ut don't know what to do. Any ideas?
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I'd keep trying. Unfortunately, the mother may sense something you can't.
  3. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Songster

    May 15, 2009
    Can you separate it so the mother doesn't kill it?

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