Sick chick eyes closed
(Alma, Ga, USA)
Sick chick eyes closed: My sick chick is just a few days shy of 1 month. I woke up this morning and found one hen with her eyes closed and she is just limp, to the point of when i sit her down she falls over!!
I'm new to raising chicks and I have no idea on what to do first!! please help.Answer
I'm not sure if we are talking about an adult hen and a chick, also. Anytime a chicken is weak, there is the possibility of hyper or hypothermia (too hot or too cold), dehydration, malnutrition and disease.
With so little to go on, I couldn't tell you what is wrong, but offering fluids is important, if the chicken isn't too weak to swallow.
A chick that becomes too hot or too cold will shut down once its body temperature reaches a certain high or low. Determining which one, too hot or too cold, is important.
Most often a chick will be come too cold and warming it up will revive it. Warm fluids help a cold chick and cool fluids will help one that is too hot.
Starting at about 100 degrees F, a chick can usually tolerate having the brooder heat reduced 5 - 10 degrees per week of age. The more chicks you have the more they are able to keep each other warm.Return to Raising Chickens Home Page