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Tiny chick...not sure she'll make it

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bburn, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. bburn

    bburn Songster

    Jul 9, 2010
    Delaware, Arkansas
    From my hatch from last week I have one tiny chick that I am not sure is going to make it. I have now taken her out of the brooder and have her in a box on top that is staying warm enough inside....she has vitamin/electrolyte water and feed.

    I have never seen her eat. She seems to have strength when I pick her up. I have been giving her the water off my fingernail...works better than anything I can find....and she swallows it. But she is not active like the others. Checked her backside and it had a little poop on it and I cleaned it off. I am watching for poos now in her box. BUT....I am thinking she is not going.

    She is half the size of the others and was at birth. I think it was a small egg and I thought I had watched for that! But obviously I missed that one when setting.

    This is like failure to thrive I think. Best thing to do? She is not in pain. She peeps once in a while.

    Am I missing anything I could be doing for her? I undestand there will be loss....but need to make sure I am not missing anything.


  2. suzeqf

    suzeqf Songster

    Mar 17, 2011
    i haven't hatched any that scares me at the moment but i've rescued a few teeny bantys and it took a few days for them to really start eating and drinking right i found that if i mix up sugar/save a chick water and use a teeny syringe to give them a few drops with it seems to help and i've also found that if i put them with with a docile week older chick that they seem to do better i don't know if it's seeing the older one eat and drink or just having someone to cuddle with my 3 week old turken and polish and my 5 week old cochin banty are my little broodys for some reason if i'm missing one all ihave to do is look for them and i usually find them under a wing. i've got a teeny banty at the moment who i've been having issues and her feathers are bigger than she is but she's starting to get better and hopefully she'll start getting bigger
  3. PioneerPrincess

    PioneerPrincess Songster

    Sep 16, 2009
    Of the chicks that were ordered, one was very weak. She was drinking, but had a hard time eating. Finally, after a few days, I started force feeding her softened chick feed formed into little pellets. I fed her about one teaspoon every one to two hours. I also gave her two drops a day of Poly-vi-sol baby vitamins w/o iron. After about a week of much prayer and care for this little chick, she began eating on her own! At two weeks old, she was half the size of her chick friends but now at seven weeks old, she is their size. Now, praise the Lord, Dove is perfectly healthy! Your chick may not have fecals if she has not been eating. I would say do the best you can for your chick and I hope that your chick gets better as mine did. [​IMG]


  4. bburn

    bburn Songster

    Jul 9, 2010
    Delaware, Arkansas
    I think Midge (ie: Midget) is going to make it. I took her out of her box today and put her in with the others and have checked on her several times. Where once I never saw her move now she is running across the brooder once in a while. And I even saw her eat on her own...that was a first.

    I hand fed her for two days. Polyvisol in her water that was electrolytes and dipped that up on my fingernail and tapped against her beak. She would then drink it.

    I will take her out three times at least today have try to make sure she gets liquids...but I think she is going to be okay.

    Tiny little bird.
  5. chickensinwasillaAK

    chickensinwasillaAK Songster

    Feb 2, 2011
    Wasilla Alaska
    I got in a shipment of 75, the 10 black stars were pretty small compared to the others. I used some sugar water and poured it over the crumbles, they went crazy over it. Now it's hard for me to tell as I see them so often during the day but a neighbor tells me they've doubled in size in 4 days. They'll pull through and I hope yours does the same.
  6. I had one just like your little one. I was so sure he was not going to make it. I did the same thing, hand fed, kept him warm, thought now way. how long do i let him keep going on this way? He was wobbling, falling over a little, etc. after about the 4th day he got more stable, was eating on his own, could bend over to pick at the floor without falling over,drinking good. Now? he's a blubbering flubbering idiot!!!!!!!! i am so glad i kept up with him and decided to give it my all! sometimes God hears our prayers. [​IMG]



    four days later

    Last edited: Apr 20, 2011
  7. bburn

    bburn Songster

    Jul 9, 2010
    Delaware, Arkansas
    Quote:Oh, my....what a cutie! I will get a picture of Midge later today next to one of her hatchmates. She truely is 1/3 the size.

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  9. bburn

    bburn Songster

    Jul 9, 2010
    Delaware, Arkansas
    RIP tiny Midge.

    I knew she was not going to make it. Kept having feeling that maybe she would. Sweet, sweet little tiny chick.
  10. oh.. I am soooo sorry to hear that. I am sure you gave the little girl the best chance she could have. At least she is not suffering, and I am sure is in a better place up in chicken heaven with mine.


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