Sick chicks abandoned.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Mrs Clutterbuck, Dec 29, 2015.

  1. Mrs Clutterbuck

    Mrs Clutterbuck Out Of The Brooder

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    So it's real hot here in NZ and Mumma hen has abandoned her chicks...she seemed to stay in the coop for a couple of days afer they all hatched and were relocated to the coop. I questioned if they were leaving but made the assumption they were. Now I fear that she kept them all in the nest not feeding or watering them. So 5 of her chicks were dead and I have 3 left...they were cold and barely moving...i have them in a double boiler with tepid water...was about to incubate them, but i'm worried about dehydration. Help please...I have had little success in rehabing these types of situations and I would appreciate your tips!
     
  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    Most important - keep them warm - first week around 90F and reduce by 5 degrees each week. They need water - if you have something like Sav-a-chik electrolyte powder that would be great, if not a little sugar water to start them off. You will need to dip their beaks in it so they get the idea. They will need chick starter food - I would suggest making a porridge consistency mash with it for them - that way they should get re-hydrated fairly quickly.
    Sometimes Momma Chicken does a rotten job of being a Mom - now it's up to you! [​IMG]
    Pasty butt can be a problem, especially if they get too hot. you need to check their bums fairly frequently, if it's pasted you will have to remove the poop. Q-tip, fingernail etc. with some mild soap and water - don't get the chick soaking wet, not good.
    Once you have them warm, eating and drinking should follow quickly, please keep us posted on your progress! [​IMG]
     
  3. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    Excellent advice.

    LofMc
     

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