Sick chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cam, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. cam

    cam New Egg

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    Hi im new here, My name is cameron and im posting because one of my newly hatched chicks is behaving strangely and i was hoping you could help me. He/she seems very distressed and keeps rocking backwards sitting up, if you hold him he leans heavely with his back against your hand. His eyes are closed most of the time and he continually cheeps. Other than this his energy levels seem fine and he is drinking but not eating yet as he is only 1 day old. P.S he still has the small remains of a umbilical chord attached.
    Thanks Loads Cam
     
  2. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    I just wanted to say welcome to BYC!

    I don't hatch so I have no answer for your question. I hope it does well.
     
  3. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Cam, I'm bumping this up for you so folks see it - hoping the little munchkin will be alright. [​IMG] JJ
     
  4. GloriaH

    GloriaH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'n no expert but if the chick is only a day old you may need to wait and see. It must be a shock to bust out of a nice warm secure egg into this cold world.
     
  5. Chatychick

    Chatychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    Try to get it to eat some warm chick starter that is mixed with warm water. I stick their beaks in it and sometimes I even open their mouths toget them to start eating. I dip their beaks in water also to get them to start drinking. They need to stay warm and not get chilled. Do you have it in a warm area. I dont try to hold mine till they are almost a week old and can regulate their heat for a while. Good luck with your baby and try to get some food in its tummy it will help alot.
     
  6. pollysmum

    pollysmum Out Of The Brooder

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    Make sure the chicks bottom is clear of any poop... it sounds like it may be impacted...

    Put multi vitamins into the drinking water ... don't make it too strong

    Are you feeding the chicks ... chick crumble... ?
     
  7. cam

    cam New Egg

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    I have transferred him from the brooder to the incubator where the temparature is higher and to seperate him from the other chicks. Ive also tried feeding him some chick crumb unsuccesfully, but im now going to make him a more goee mixture.
     
  8. cam

    cam New Egg

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    Chick seems alot better although still not eating i, i think maybe he was just shocked with everything.
     
  9. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    They can live for a couple of days on their yolks...so I wouldn't start freaking out quite yet.
     
  10. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    the wet feed is a good idea, but don't leave wet feed in the heat too long, it could go sour and make the chick very sick
    ..keep it fresh.
     

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