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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by KelBelle, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. KelBelle

    KelBelle Chirping

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    We got our chicks on Tuesday and we seem to have an unwell chick. I don't see any signs of diarrhea, but it is quite listless and droopy. It doesn't seem to care anymore when the other chicks just walk right on top of her. Should she be removed or what? I just can't find any good info in the books I have. [​IMG]
     
  2. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress 9 Years

    I think I'd separate the little one. You never know if what he or she has is contagious? [​IMG] Good luck to you.
     
  3. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Separate it if it isn't able to defend itself. Oftentimes, the chicks that droop the first week have something unseen that will prevent them from living. When the yolk runs out, they start to fail.

    Make sure it eats and drinks, because some don't catch on. Tap at the food with a chopstick or something to give it the instinctual urge to eat.

    Good luck!!
     
  4. KelBelle

    KelBelle Chirping

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    Thanks. [​IMG] MY husband dipped its beak in the water again and said it was drinking for a bit. After reading some other info, I am currently scrambling an egg for her. We will see what the result of that is.
     
  5. KelBelle

    KelBelle Chirping

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    She ate a good bit of egg and looked pretty good while she was doing so. After cleaning a little poop off her rear and putting her back in the brooder the others began to peck at her rear and her legs. I separated her and will see what things look like in the morning. I guess this would also be a good way to observe her poop and even see if she isn't pooping too. We tried to give her a couple of friends but that didn't work out at all.
     
  6. chickenracer

    chickenracer In the Brooder

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    What I had best luck with chicks is to get instant oatmeal(if you don't. Have feed this is good feed)mix it with water get a surnge and get the top water and make he or she drink it it helps a lot and for now I would seprate
     
  7. KelBelle

    KelBelle Chirping

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    I may try the oatmeal. Thank you. She still isn't looking so well. She doesn't seem to be any better or worse. [​IMG] As odd as this sounds, I just can't find any place around that carries chicken vitamins. Are they usually this hard to locate?
     
  8. WingingIt

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    You can use baby (human) vitamins like Polyvisol, just get the ones that do not have iron in them. [​IMG]
    You can add a little sugar or gatorade to the water until you can get the vitamins, too, to give her a little boost.
     
  9. KelBelle

    KelBelle Chirping

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    Thanks! I'll see if my husband can pick some up.
     
  10. Denninmi

    Denninmi Songster

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    All you can do is try. Sometimes they pull out of it and make it, sometimes they don't.

    The basics of trying to save them are: 1) heat, keep it warm, around 95 degrees; 2) electrolyte solution, like Pedialyte or you can use Gatorade. 3) vitamins; 4) antibiotics, in case it is an infection; 5) feeding something very high in protein. Force feed if necessary 6) isolate from well chicks for the protection of all.
     

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