I don't think it's necessarily an emergency, but something isn't right here. These babies hatched four days ago now.. I'm concerned about the one to their left/my right, his hatch mate is there for size comparison. Ten hatched, and he's the only problem child. I thought the he was going to die at first, he didn't seem to get his coordination together and did a lot of flopping around and sleeping.. day two I looked him over and found that his umbilical cord was wrapped around one of his legs, holding it against his belly. I snipped it, and he started to get a little more mobile. Naturally I felt bad then, if I'd have checked sooner it might have been more helpful. There's still a pretty big piece of cord on him -- I can't see it anymore on the other chicks, his is pretty obvious, second picture. Sorry for the dark picture, but when I tried the flash, it totally washed him out So, now he's mobile and can walk (lots of the time it's backwards). However, he's really not showing much interest in food or water, sleeping most of the time It's a big difference watching him and watching the other babies. He can open his eyes, and does, but most of the time they're closed and he's crashed. Even when he's awake and talkative they mostly stay closed.. Poops have been watery, I guess because he's not taking in much that's solid. I've been giving him vitamins and sugar in his water, and he's had scrambled egg a few times. He won't go for it on his own, I have to mush a bit on his beak and he'll swallow it. Totally uninterested in the starter crumbles. To make matters worse, I think I've created a monster. He gets trampled in the brooder, so he's been spending pretty much all his time with me. The little bugger slept in my hat in a basket on my bedside table last night, and was crying, so silly me I put the basket under the covers with me and he shushed. I wouldn't dare just let him sleep with me, I'd probably roll over and squish him. During the day, he's been sleeping with me on the couch or cozied up in one of my sweater pockets while I'm doing things around the house. He moves around quite a bit to find a comfortable spot, then he's out again. Periodically, I take him back to the brooder, set him down, and see what he does. He stands there looking around and chirping for a minute, then crashes face-first in the bedding for a snooze, at which point they step all over him. And if I set him down and walk away to do something, he perks right up. Those eyes open wide up, and he screams like somebody's trying to kill him. I've officially created a dependent, spoiled little baby! Wide awake and unhappy at being set down: Is there anything else I can or should do for him? At this point is it better to just step back, leave him in the brooder and let him either figure it out or not? And I'm really wondering about the cord... does that happen with your chicks? Would something during the incubation process have caused that? Could some residual problem from that be the reason he's sleeping constantly and not eating? And I wasn't sure but figured this would be the better forum rather than emergencies and illnesses.. I think I probably just have a weak chick with a rough hatch rather than an illness.. I'm not sure.