Weak chick! Help!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by NorthernChick1, Nov 19, 2019.

  1. NorthernChick1

    NorthernChick1 Songster

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    I have two, 1-1/2 week old chicks that my hen is raising. I noticed today that one chick is and was always weaker than the other. Now she has her wings spread and seems to have troubles walking.. what should i do?? They are on chick starter and have water. Would not eating or drinking be a factor? I know the other knows how to eat and deink but not sure about the weak one. 20191119_163033.jpg
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  2. NorthernChick1

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    Anyone?? I syringe fed her water mixed in with selenium and vitamin e 2 hrs ago. Shes worse now she really cant walk around and feels like shes trembling when i pick her up.. the other one doesnt tremble.
     
  3. Tycine1

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    So, she's been weak since she hatched? Is their feed medicated? If so, might want to switch to non-medicated so that you can give her vitamin supplements that include B Vitamins (especially good for the legs). Is the mother still allowing them to snuggle up to her? If not, do you have a source of heat for the chicks? Even a plain, non-teflon-coated light bulb would do for some added heat. Have you checked her vent to make sure it's not plugged up? Clogged plumbing in a chick can bring them down really fast. How does her crop feel when she goes to bed, and again how does it feel in the morning before being offered food or water? It should be full at night, and empty by morning.
    Do the birds have access to grit to help them grind their food? If so, you may consider making a mush with some of their feed and add mashed sardines and/or hard boiled eggs with it. Good balance with their regular feed, extra protein & calories with the sardines (and usually irresistible to chickens), extra protein plus all of the amino acids that chickens need to support good health in the eggs (the yolk is the best part).
    Sometimes a chick just fails to thrive regardless of efforts to keep them alive. I'll be keeping your feathered family in my prayers.
     
  4. micstrachan

    micstrachan Free Ranging

    I would make sure this chick has adequate warmth, check for pasty butt, and give a couple drops of straight nutridrench to the beak asap.
     
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  5. DoeAndGander

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    I’d try Nutri drench in a dropper and extra heat source. So sorry to hear!
     
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  6. NorthernChick1

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    Her vents fine as i see her poop, mom keeps her warm, i went and checked on them a few times and they were both huddled up to her. I dont know if my feed is medicated i dont know how to tell. I will check her crop this am and i will be feeding her hardboiled eggs today and maybe sardines if i have some at home.i do have oyster shell crumbles? Should i add that into there food or seperate maybe?
     
  7. NorthernChick1

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    I dont have nutridrench id have to order it from amazon or drive 1.5hrs ... ive been giving her vitamin e and selenijm crushed into water and fed her by a syringe... should i keepcthat up?
     
  8. Mama fluff

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  9. Mama fluff

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    No oyster shell ! Grit! (Sand) do you have vitamin B complex ? Add that to vitamin e and selinium ! Check bag it will say if medicated or not!
     
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  10. NorthernChick1

    NorthernChick1 Songster

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    I dont have any vitamin b but she ate lots of egg (mostly the yellow)
     
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