Weak Baby

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fledgling, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. fledgling

    fledgling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found pasty butt today on only one chick. She's a Barred Rock and smaller then everyone else (I have 14 Orpingtons and 15 Barred Rocks that are about 9 days old). I cleaned her butt and she pooped. The poop had shavings. Now, I waited 5 days before adding shavings but I guess she didn't get the memo that the shavings aren't food.

    I am setting up a special place for her but right now she is in my other hand being snuggled while I type until her feathers and fuzz dry. I tried offering her molasses water, starter and regular water but she didn't want anything. I tried giving her a little molasses water to pep her up via a syringe in the corner of her beak. She gulped at each drop so I hope it works and I didn't just add to her woes.

    Any thoughts or suggestions?
     
  2. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Olympia Washington
    Take a little starter, add water and make a runny mash and put a little on her beak. When the liquidy mash hits her beak, she should hold her head up and swallow some. Do that every hour or so with freshly made mash. That way she will get food and liquids at the same time.

    Good luck with your little one.
     
  3. fledgling

    fledgling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I'll try it.
     
  4. fledgling

    fledgling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got her to take a little.

    She pooped and it didn't look very good. A little yellow blob, some water and two dark red clots. [​IMG]

    She didn't look prolapsed when I carefully cleaned her.
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2009
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Put a little Vaseline or Neosporin on her vent for her comfort and to make cleaning easier. Veggie oil or mineral oil would also help if you don't have one of the first two.

    If you can get water, and a little food, into her, you're doing about all you can do. If she gets stronger, you could try liquid vitamins and a little yogurt, and some ACV in the water. But mostly she needs water and a little chick starter.

    Good luck.
     
  6. fledgling

    fledgling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got mineral oil back there (baby oil). Thank you! She is sleeping with her head in her feeder.

    She has her own suite with lamp, water, feed and NO shavings.
     
  7. fledgling

    fledgling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's gone. Never got her to eat. I even got her beak open but her swallow reflex was too weak and I was afraid to get it into her lungs. Those shavings must have really done something terrible to her insides. [​IMG]

    For any future baby chicks, I remember a friend of mine raised baby wild birds that were picked up by animal control. She had a technique where she would use a syringe to deposit mash directly into their crops. Does anyone know how to do that? Might have saved this chick if I could've gotten one or two good feedings into her.

    The rest of the chicks are much bigger and thriving. All other butts are clean. So far.
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2009
  8. yodercountrygirl

    yodercountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] Sorry for your little one... [​IMG]
     
  9. addicted2chicks

    addicted2chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aww, I am sorry.
     
  10. fledgling

    fledgling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys. Sorry for the late edit. Forgot to ask about force-feeding any future chicks....
     

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