Please help a sad new baby chicken owner!! :(

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by happychicks3, May 21, 2016.

  1. happychicks3

    happychicks3 New Egg

    May 21, 2016
    Southern California
    Hello! I need some advice. I am a new chicken owner and I just got 4 baby chicks this week. They are all from a farm here in SoCal and are vaccinated. My Buff Orpington is almost 3 weeks old and started to act strange today. She seems to be weak and shaky. She has been sitting under the lamps most of the day with her eyes shut and tries to cuddle under our bigger baby chicken. The good news is she is eating and taking water. I have gave her some sugar water to see if it will help her but no improvement. Also tried mashing some hard boiled egg into her feed. They already have electrolytes that go into the water. I don't think the brooder is cold because all the other chicks see to be happy and roam around it and don't stay cuddled under the lamps like she does. We are keeping the brooder a little above 80* because we have a baby chick who is almost 4 weeks. Any advice would be highly appreciated! I am already so attached to her and don't want to lose her! Thank You!
    - from a worried new chick owner!
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] I'm sorry to hear your chick is unwell. Have you looked at her droppings? Anything unusual there, blood etc?
  3. happychicks3

    happychicks3 New Egg

    May 21, 2016
    Southern California
    Thank you so much for replying to me! I am up late worried sick about her cause I have grown such an attachment to her in such a small amount of time! I have been watching her droppings and they look normal.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Maybe the particular temp. is too cold for her and that is why she is trying to cuddle under the others and also stays under the lamp. You might try Polyvisol infant drops (NO IRON), giving her 2 drops 3 x a day. If she will accept the drops on food that would be great. If not gently deposit the drops just inside her beak - so she can push them out if she doesn't want to swallow them.

    You may also want to post at "emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures." thread, in full detail. I hope she will start feeling better.
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  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
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  6. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

    May 10, 2013
    I'll be in the barn!
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