"Peepless" the mute chick?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MamaMarcy, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. MamaMarcy

    MamaMarcy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had 5 buckeye chicks hatch over past 12 to 36 hours. I put them in the brooder once they were fluffified to find one dead on it's back several hours later. Another was on it's back but alive, so I immediately brought it back into the incubator and it looks fantastic now. Only thing it, it's not peeping. It looks like it's peeping, but all that comes out is a faint little hiss/whisper.

    Is it possible this little chickie is mute?? Can that even happen in chickens? It's hatchlings all have LOUD peeps.


    Thanks...

    Marcy
     
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2012
  2. MamaMarcy

    MamaMarcy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it's the next day....still not a peep. Just a little "click/hiss" when he's trying. He seems ok otherwise.


    My 8 yo told me it's just like the book he's reading "The Trumpet of the Swan" where Louis the trumpeter swan can't trumpet.
     
  3. MamaMarcy

    MamaMarcy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, I put a small dish of water and a tsp of cooked oatmeal in the incubator for her. She took 2 sips of water and seems to get it down ok. I know they don;t "need" food/water for 3 days but it's trying to peep so I figured why not try to meet needs. I'm about to look for a small stuffed animal to keep it company. I want to keep it inside with me at least til dinner time.
     
  4. AChickenLoverProduction

    AChickenLoverProduction Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if this will help. But I had a chick that was mute. It died a couple of days later. I say keep doing what your doing and it will be fine! :) Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  5. Fenika

    Fenika Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know specifically about chickens being mute, but birds have their syrinx for vocalizing. Any genetic/developmental defects to that will cause an issue with peeping. There may be other defects you can't detect so he might have trouble down the road.

    Also, don't they need water if they are staying in the incubator??? You'll want to keep him hydrated...
     

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