Wild baby chick

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kawehi12, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. kawehi12

    kawehi12 New Egg

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    Please help ! We found a baby chick in our yard , he moves but barley . we gave him water thru a straw but his eyes are mostly closed. He wont stand or anything without falling to his side unless we place him on his stomach, how do i know for sure if he will live . or what do i do ?
     
  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    First thing you need to do is get him into a large cardboard box so there are no drafts and keep in warm. If he is very very tiny, he needs to be kept at 85 to 90 degrees. Us chicken keepers use heat lamps to keep the temp up in the box. Lay a thermometer down on the floor underneath the lamp so you know what temp it is and don't over heat the little guy. Do not cover the lid with anything but a screen or wire for good heat and oxygen exchange. Use an eye dropper and get water into him, squeezing it on to the front of his lower beak, in front of the tongue.

    You can use a jelly jar lid for water. If you dont' have any chicken feed available, you can feed him warmed chopped hard boiled eggs for now. Don't leave any around too long however as they and grow bacteria in the high heat of the lamp.

    Keep us posted an if he survives we can go from here. :) I hope the little one makes it!!
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2016
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Do any of your neighbors have chickens? Maybe they could help you out. Are you sure it is a chick and not some baby wild bird ?
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    could you post a picture of the baby bird?
     
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - good luck with your chick.

    Ct
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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