Peeps - the runt who won't give up

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by possumhunter, May 18, 2010.

  1. possumhunter

    possumhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Peeps is 3.5 weeks old. He was the last chick in the batch to hatch. And he is the smallest 3.5 week old I've ever seen. He is only 1/3 the size of his other hatch-mates. Along with being tiny, he has lots of other "issues". He seems to get "plugged up" easily, meaning he has a hard time pooping. He has had pasty butt a few times, but sometimes he just struggles during a bowel movement, chirping loudly as if in pain. He sleeps a lot compared to the other chicks. He will act a bit more lively when I feed him some egg yolk. That's about the only time I see him eat. He also sneezes more than the other chicks. It has been a bit dusty in the brooder and that could be the problem. But he has also been getting a crusty nasal area/eyes as well.

    I have been just expecting to see him dead every time I look in the brooder, he is just so little and has so many little problems. I have been doing the poly-vi-sol vitamins, hard boiled egg and electrolytes. I feel so bad for him, because he has made it this far, but he just doesn't seem to be getting any bigger or better. Do I just continue to give him time? Is there anything else I can do for him?
     
  2. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

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    Sorry I can't give you an answer but I wish you and him well. I've always rooted for the under dog....poor baby.
     
  3. drunkdog

    drunkdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well since I am no longer alone in not having an answer.....[​IMG] it is your call i feel...as for me I would let him try and fight as long as he is not in any pain or other danger perse....make it his decision [​IMG]....hopefully though someone can come and give you a real answer that means more than moral support sorry
     
  4. boogiedog

    boogiedog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sending some good thoughts to "Peeps". My teenie tinies didn't make it past the first week; given that he has made it so far is good news. Sending best wishes and cyber hugs to Peeps your way...
     
  5. possumhunter

    possumhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh I must have totally jinxed myself by posting this...I can home from the store this afternoon and Peeps had passed away. Poor little guy made it this long I was really hoping he was going to pull through. [​IMG]
     
  6. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

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    I am so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
     
  7. mlove

    mlove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry.[​IMG]
     
  8. wfiles

    wfiles Out Of The Brooder

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    I know how you feel. We hatched a baby chicks at school and one of them hatched with yolk that hadn't been absorbed. I cut it off because the others were pecking at it. I took her home that weekend with me and took her to a 4 star hotel we went to for my husbands pre deployment conference. I fed her egg yolk and yogurt with a dropper all weekend. After she made it through the weekend I took her to work and back home every night and fed her every 2 hours. I finally got her to eat on her own after 2 weeks. She seemed to actually be doing better after 3 weeks. She was still really small but I had a really sweet Austerlorp that was her friend. Then one day she just died. I have no idea why after that long. I was glad we got to have "Little Black" as long as we did.
     
  9. Fourgirlsoneboy

    Fourgirlsoneboy Pullus Parvus

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    Sorry that your chick died [​IMG]. At least you gave him a chance...
     

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