What's wrong with my chick?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by marybhow, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. marybhow

    marybhow Just Hatched

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    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.
     
  2. Melody the Goat

    Melody the Goat Out Of The Brooder

    Following this thread. This is the same thing that happened to one our chicks a few weeks ago. She didn't make it and I would like to know how to prevent it in the future!
     
  3. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Sounds like you are doing everything right. If the other chicks are all fine, i would call her a failure to thrive. Sometimes it happens that a chick hatches with internal issues that cannot be seen, and although they do not kill it immediately, they often cause the chick to act poorly. Many failure to thrives do not survive, though some do. In any case with birds this young if proper basic care is being provided and the chick is remaining poorly, there is rarely much to be done but wait and see.
     
  4. marybhow

    marybhow Just Hatched

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    If she bounces back again, is there a period of time that is too long to raise her separately from the other chicks? I feel like as soon as I put her back in the brooder she just shuts down. I took her out and put her back in quarantine and she laid right down and went to sleep. I felt bad for her standing there with her eyes closed :(
     

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