Please Help!!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by juniper1, May 8, 2011.

  1. juniper1

    juniper1 New Egg

    May 8, 2011
    Hello all,

    I am new to chickens and am very excited to finaly be getting started! I just got my baby Chicks on Friday and everyone was doing just fine until this morning I noticed that one of the chicks won't open it's eyes anymore! The chick will drink water from a dropper if forced, but she won't eat and still has her eyes closed. There is no "crusties" or puss/drainage on the chicks eyes and I do not see any bugs on the chicks. The chicks have been being well kept with appropriate heat, food, and water. Oh I don't know if this will aid in a diagnosis but I do see the eye itself is still moving behind the lids.[​IMG] Please if anyone has any advice I would greatly appriciate it!!
    Thanks so much!
  2. dbounds10

    dbounds10 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    I have not heard of this issue before but If you post this over on the Emergency/Illness section along with a picture, there are lots of people over there that may know what is wrong. I hope your baby gets better!
  3. KlaHaYa Gardens

    KlaHaYa Gardens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    It may well be too late for this one. Perhaps she wasn't eating with the others . . .

    . . . but, you can try these things:

    1) get some warm water and add 3 Tablespoons of Sugar per quart (corn syrup would work, too). (Some prefer molasses. If she lives, switch to molasses. Try sugar at first.

    2) Dip her beak in NOT the nostrils. IF she swallows. Try again. Do this rather frequently until she perks up.

    3) Take a warm wet cloth (lint free) and wipe front-to-back on her eye. Do NOT force the eye open. It may not open, especially if she is dehydrated. Try again in a few hours. And again tomorrow, if she lives.

    4) Keep her separate from the other birds in the mean time.

    5) Make sure she is warm, but not overheated.

    IF she lives, tomorrow:

    1) Switch the sugar water to molasses water.

    2) I also recommend purchasing vitamins and offering that until she gets a good start.

    3) Check back here and give us an update.

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