What to do, if anything?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dragonlair, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered 25 assorted full sized layer chicks from a hatchery. I got them yesterday morning. When I opened the box 2 were DOA, and more than half were cold and weak. I had their brooder nice and warm and fresh water and starter out for them. I checked each one over, dipped their beak tips in the water and then showed them food. Some did fine, others just laid down. The weak ones I gave a sugary solution to as an energy boost. It helped a few, but I still lost 2 more. I still have several that are weak, laying down all the time, not eating or drinking unless I help. I have been giving them a little bit of yogurt and egg yolk with sugar (YUCK!) to try to get their strength up. Anything else I can do? The brooder is nice and warm and the others are doing well, its just these few that seem very fragile.
     
  2. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Keep coaxing them along and they might pull through. When they are so stressed it takes a few days to recover.
     
  3. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, that's what i am trying to do. It's so sad, poor itty peeps, they look so sad just lying there.

    What kind of chick is hatched with a poofy head knot and feathered feet?
     

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