sad/sick chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by candycar, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. candycar

    candycar Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi alll!
    I "rescued 3 chicks from the flea market yesterday. There are 2 little, about a week old(just starting to get wing feathers) chicks. One of them, 2Bits, is not acting right. She/he, just stands around and stares off into space. Will eat a little and drink if beak dipped. She just wants to cuddle with the older (3-4 wks) silkie we rescued. The other chick her age , Kibbles, is just fine and running around like a happy baby.
    They were in a cage with a hen, not their mother who pecked at them. I don't know if 2Bits is injured or just slow.
    Has anyone ever had a chick that "failed to thrive" survive? I have checked Bits legs and they seem ok. She is reluctant to move much, is very docile and doesn't peep alot. What could be wrong? I hate to see the little gift like this. Can they snap out of it? Any thing I should be doing?
    We are in the process of rebuilding our flock, which was wiped out last Wed. by the BILs dog:( Very sad and heartbreaking.
    Thank you for any help!
     
  2. LadyinRed

    LadyinRed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you see bloody stools it could be Coccidiosis.
    If you rule out cocci then you could try a small amount of sugar in the water which may be enough to give it energy to eat and drink normally.
    Good luck with the chickie
     

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