Why won't my 1 day old chick open his eyes?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by happyhens44, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    My chick hatched out 1 day and 15 hours ago. But he doesn't open his eyes much. I saw him open them 3 times really quick and he doesn't look blind. Why is he doing this? Thanks any experience would help.
     
  2. FMAFarms

    FMAFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is the chick doing now? It might just have been groggy from the whole pipping experience...
     
  3. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    After they hatch they're always droopy, and 'worn out'. I'm guessing he's just

    resting from defeating the 'ever-so-tough' egg [​IMG]

    SC
     
  4. MattalynsBarn

    MattalynsBarn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never hatched chicks, but when mine arrived in the mail one of them didn't open her eyes for a day or so. I freaked out, but by the time anyone responded to me she was fine. I think it may be a stress thing. When one of my hens gets overwhelmed she starts to fall asleep
     
  5. snaphu

    snaphu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what happened to your chick that wouldn't open his eyes??? I have the same scenario going on! I had 2 baby chicks hatch yesterday, and one of them won't open it's eyes! I wiped them with a wet Q-tip, and gave it some drops of warm water sweetened with corn syrup... the eyes look fine, they weren't stuck, just closed?? [​IMG]
     
  6. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most of the time this type of behavior is harmless as long as it doesn't keep happening after 3 days. I bet you slept a lot too a few days after being born, and your mother did most of the work. Phew so tiring, being born!
     
  7. Gerry2011

    Gerry2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What Pele said.
     
  8. snaphu

    snaphu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Quote:oh my, thanks.... I hope it's fine, the others are so active and chirpy! [​IMG]
     
  9. snaphu

    snaphu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it passed away overnight [​IMG]
     
  10. SebrightLuver

    SebrightLuver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2011
    It was probably for the best, its better for them to die young then suffer their whole lives and die later.
     

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