What's wrong with my chick?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by marybhow, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. marybhow

    marybhow Just Hatched

    Mar 19, 2017
    I have a brooder with 5 chicks in it. They are probably approaching 4 weeks old. One of the chicks is not growing like the others, and I can't figure out what's wrong with her. She stands under the heat lamp with her eyes closed. I thought she was sick or maybe got too cold for her size, so I removed her and placed her in her own smaller quarantine area with her own heat lamp and food, and water with electrolytes & probiotics. I'm new to chicken keeping, and I'm ready to pull my hair out. Within a couple days she was acting brand new, running around her area scratching, dusting herself, eating and drinking normally. At this point I figured she was not sick, but probably got cold or perhaps was getting manhandled out of the food since she's smaller. I put her back in the brooder with the other chicks yesterday and she was reasonably happy, eating and drinking, and last night she was cuddled up with another chick. I check on her today, and we are back to square one with her standing under the heat lamp, eyes closed, droopy wings. I don't want to lose her! I clean their area regularly, new food and water daily, they have two food areas and two waterers, one plain and one with ACV, access to chick grit and their food is medicated. I don't know what else to do. I observe them where they can't see me and they don't bully her. They basically ignore her because she stands to the side under the lamp.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2017
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  3. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    I responded on your other post.
  4. marybhow

    marybhow Just Hatched

    Mar 19, 2017
    Thank you!
  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under marybhow [​IMG] Welcome!

    I see that you are getting some help on the Raising Baby Chicks Forum so I will just wish you and the little one all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you ‘Find your State’s thread.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Maybe she just isn't a team player. Hope she will be okay.
  7. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Best of luck with your little one.

    It's nice to have you join us!

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