saving a weak hatchling

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by vonny, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. vonny

    vonny Out Of The Brooder

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    I havehad two eggs hatch so far out of 11 and one seems quite weak, should I take this one out and try to feed it with a dropper or something, also what should I feed it, I have the chick starter that contains antibiotics, should I water this down or maybe try some boiled egg yolk? My daughter is worried that it will die so I feel I have to do something. [​IMG]
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    How long has it been hatched. They are usually pretty pitiful until they sort of dry off. Hatching is hard work and they need to rest when they finish. It sounds to me like you may just need to wait. If you open the incubator when the others are hatching, you can shrink wrap some of the others. I've done that. Usually, interfering does more harm than good.

    If you have to do something, I suggest using a medicine dropper to put some sugar water or maybe some hummingbird syrup inside the tip of its beak and see if it tries to drink. All you are trying to do is give it a bit of energy so it can start to eat and drink on its own. If it were mine, I would not do anything until it was a couple of days old. They should be able to live that long on the egg yolk they absorb when they hatch.
     
  3. oesdog

    oesdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It can survive up to three days !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You asked this on your other thread
    they look pathetic when born here is my chick that took 12 hours to even move!!!!!
    look at her now 19 weeks.

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    Be patient - if there is something wrong with the chick it may die whatever you do. Its best chance is with its mom! IT was only hatched a few hours ago leave it to dry off and rest!!!!!

    Oesdog
     
  4. vonny

    vonny Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:It can survive up to three days !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You asked this on your other thread
    they look pathetic when born here is my chick that took 12 hours to even move!!!!!
    look at her now 19 weeks.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/59801_sa400039.jpg

    Be patient - if there is something wrong with the chick it may die whatever you do. Its best chance is with its mom! IT was only hatched a few hours ago leave it to dry off and rest!!!!!

    Oesdog

    It hatched about 3.00pm yesterday, its about 9.00 am here now, the other chick that hatched is very strong. They werent hatched from an incubator, a foster bantam mum hatched them. Ill see how it goes today.
     
  5. vonny

    vonny Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:It can survive up to three days !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You asked this on your other thread
    they look pathetic when born here is my chick that took 12 hours to even move!!!!!
    look at her now 19 weeks.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/59801_sa400039.jpg

    Be patient - if there is something wrong with the chick it may die whatever you do. Its best chance is with its mom! IT was only hatched a few hours ago leave it to dry off and rest!!!!!

    Oesdog

    It hatched about 3.00pm yesterday, its about 9.00 am here now, the other chick that hatched is very strong. They werent hatched from an incubator, a foster bantam mum hatched them. Ill see how it goes today.

    I had 6 chicks hatch and the little black weakling is now doing well! I gave them chook starter water and boiled egg yolk, mum ate it too.
     

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