Should I be worried or is (s)he just sleeping?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Cluckingclueless, Oct 18, 2018.

  1. Cluckingclueless

    Cluckingclueless In the Brooder

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    I’m new to the back yard chicken adventure and just got my first batch of chicks on Tuesday. For the most part they seem happy and healthy, but I just went to check them and one chick is laying down kind of limp (still breathing and chirping although quietly) and won’t open his/her eyes even when picked up. I’m just not sure if I should be worried or if he/she is just a really heavy sleeper.
     
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  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Chick should be active between naps.
    Is it eating drinking pooping?
    Check it butt for pasting(poop covering vent).

    Are other chicks more active?
    Show us a pick of your brooder and tell us how you are heating them.
     
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  3. Cluckingclueless

    Cluckingclueless In the Brooder

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    Poor chick didn’t make it. There’s a second that’s acting a little off too, but that one seemed to be more active earlier so I assumed it wasn’t anything. I don’t know if those two just haven’t been eating and drinking or what. I check all the chicks a few times per day for pasting and there’s nothing.

    Heating source is a wool hen and I throw a hand warmer in every now and then wrapped in a little microfiber dish glove sort of like a little heated bed.
     

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  4. Mylied

    Mylied Crowing

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    They need a constant source of heat in the low to mid 90s when they are just hatched. Heat lamp, radiant heater, heating pad that doesn't shut off. I don't measure temps, just watch chicks to see if they are comfortable. Constantly chirping chicks are not doing good. If they are huddled, they are cold. Spread far out and mouth breathing, too hot. Scattered, chatting with each other, and active between sleeping, just right. Heat source goes on one side so they can go to a cooler side if they need too.
     
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  5. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

    You should be a using a real heat source. A hand warmer is nowhere near sufficient.

    Your chick died from being too cold.

    Get an animal grade heat lamp or a heating pad. A real heating pad used for muscle cramps.
    The temperature should be between 80-90 degrees.
    Where and when did you get these chicks? Did you research how to care for them? What are you feeding them?
     
  6. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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  7. Cluckingclueless

    Cluckingclueless In the Brooder

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    Scattered active and chatting with each other between sleep is exactly how I would describe the others.
     
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  8. Cluckingclueless

    Cluckingclueless In the Brooder

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    The cool side is 85 and then they have their wool hen on the warm side, the hand warmer is just there as a supplemental source if they want it, but they are by no means huddled together in the wool hen constantly chirping. I suppose the chick could have been chilled, but I just don’t see the others acting cold so :idunno
     
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  9. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

    What are you feeding them?
     
  10. Cluckingclueless

    Cluckingclueless In the Brooder

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