Runt! Closed eyes! wet bottom feathers! What to do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by w5aly, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. w5aly

    w5aly New Egg

    Apr 24, 2011
    My family and I just bought three chicks for Easter. Two of them are healthy, but one seems to be lagging behind. This one is a runt, or may just be younger than the others. Its belly feathers are still wet, and it keeps its eyes closed. The few times that it has opened them, it was able to open both eyes. Please, I'm not sure if something is wrong with my little chick or not. Please help!
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Are they under a heat lamp? If they are very young they need to be kept at about 95 degrees. Wet feathers? From what? You need to dry that baby out. Wet chicks can die very easily from being chilled.

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