In the Brooder
- May 15, 2015
5/13 I got 17 day old Wyandotte chicks silver laced and gold laced. Everything seemed fine the first day. On the second day it seemed that one of my silver chicks was much less alert than the others. I observed her thru most of the day and never saw her eat or drink. I would pick her up and bring her to the water feeder and food and she would just stand there wobbly or walk off chirping. If I picked up the food on my finger she would then try to eat it off my finger and would also try to drink drop by drop from a dropper. I continued this as much as possible. Yesterday the chick seemed uninterested in food altogether. I gave her some sugar water and moistened food in the water. She had pasty butt I believe and I had to wash it off her. Today I isolated her from the other chicks and continued to encourage eating and drinking. She just seemed off as if unable to drink on her own or eat unless I held it up over her head. The evening she was actually drinking on her own and I thought we made a break thru. I still had not seen her eat on her own yet. I left to eat dinner out with family and came back 1 1/2 hours later to find her dead.
Should I have not isolated her? What else should I have done or what did I do wrong. Any information would help. The other 16 chicks appear to be thriving although I worry about another small one in the group. I don't see them picking on her.