Preparing for the worst, hoping for the best!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MH37125, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. MH37125

    MH37125 Out Of The Brooder

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    New too raising chickens and need advice. I have everything ready for my order of chicks that I purchased from Meyers. They are too arrive first of March. I have read many many threads about DOA's, dehydration, unresponsive chicks etc.

    So my question is, what should I have available as soon as I bring them home from the PO in the case I have some bad looking and feeling chicks?

    Any tricks or treatments I should know about?

    I have read about electrolytes, what brand and how should it be mixed for the 1-3 day olds?

    If a chick is very ill can you use a syringe to administer small amounts of water?

    Any help is greatly appreciated so I can be as ready as possible to care for ill babies.

    I know some breeds are more fragile than others. My order included the following (15)

    Meyer Meal Maker 1
    Partridge Rock Female
    Salmon Faverolle Female
    Speckled Sussex Female
    Barnevelder Female
    Buff Orpington Female
    Golden Laced Wyandotte Female

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. huntingirl

    huntingirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have chick starter crumble, feeders, a waterers. DONT put the water and feed in a bowl. They can drown in the water and they can dump the feed over each other and suffocate. So def get the feeder and waterers.

    Hint: you can feed them cooked salmon and some mealworms for beautiful feathers!

    If they get sick it is very good to feed them water with a syringe. If they don't take you should force feed them. You can soak their feed to make it a soup and syringe feed it to them also.

    Those breeds should be just fine. Keep me updated!
     
  3. MH37125

    MH37125 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I have the brooder ready except for the heating plate, I ordered 1 from Premiere 1 supplies. I have the chick crumble and chick feeders, also have nipple waterers on the walls of the brooder.

    when do chicks start eating? 2nd, 3rd day?

    For the first 24 hrs I have them home should I only make sure they are hydrated?

    Once I get them I will post pics and an update on how they are doing!
     
  4. huntingirl

    huntingirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With the nipple waterer, make sure they understand how to use it. Yes keep them hydrated at first, but if they start eating, just watch them closely.
     

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