Only surviving chick doesn't appear to be eating.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by matt1898, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. matt1898

    matt1898 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All of my chicks from this last hatch have died. The only one that is left is the little easter egger who seems to be in great shape. I have seen her drink, but haven't seen her eat from the feeder yet. She keeps pecking around it in the shavings but doesn't seem to know what it is for.

    She hatched early tuesday morning so I know she has to be hungry by now. She keeps chirping, walking around and pruning herself. Should i put a piece of boiled egg in there? I'm picking up several more chicks from a local hatchery to keep her company, but won't get them till tomorrow night.

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    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old were they when they died? How many died?
     
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    matt1898 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One died due to "gutting herself" in the bator...the yolk sac didn't absorb. One drowned today, and the other one injured her leg somehow and died. This one has been very active since it hatched and physically no issues.

    Also, they started hatching on monday night.
     
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    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First,remove the shavings as she does not yet know what her feed looks like. Put down paper towels(no newspaper may contribute to a condition called spraddle leg) for approx 1-2 weeks,then put shavings in brooder. Using paper towels helps her to recognize feed.

    For drowning issues,place stones in water bowl so chicks cannot drown,chicks will drink around stones.
     
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    matt1898 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, should I leave it in the red feeder or just put it down in a little pile?
     
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    I would do both for the time being,just so she eats. You could also try adding warm water to feed(so it resembles oatmeal)most chicks love this.

    Do you have a child proof stuffed animal to keep her company?
     
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    I have large chicken puppet, lol. I dropped some feed on the paper towel, she pecked at it for a moment, and then went back to mirror that i put in there.
     
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    Yes,the mirror is company for her,she sees another chick. Give her puppet,make sure no buttons,threads,etc. can be pulled off. Place her feed beside/in front of mirror,see if she eats more.
     
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    She just nibbled a tiny bit from the feeder. I'm glad she is active at least.
     
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    I'll be darned, she is starting to eat the crumbles that are spread about on the paper towel. That is a start. And she just pooped a somewhat watery/greenish poop.....probably one of her first.
     

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