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KellyGa    Posted 03-03-2004 at 16:10:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know if the chick will make it, she has been resting all day in a towel. Shelby has been keeping an eye on her. Her rear is not inflamed like it was, but grass is still stuck. I have given her two doses of mineral oil, nothing yet. If she makes it through this, I will be so relieved. I have worked so hard and given these chicks so much love, I sure would hate to lose one. :(

Mike in tn    Posted 03-04-2004 at 03:32:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kelly, Dad used to raise chicks and quail. He always put some sand in a shallow pan in with them. Said that they didn't digest their food right if they didn't hsve some gravel in their craw. Worked for him, you might give it a try.

Tinker    Posted 03-03-2004 at 22:40:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
HI Kelly. Just a thought.. try giving the chick a shot of sugar water. If she's not been eating or drinking for a day she may need a good boost. Now that you have the back end (hopefully) opened..get liquid in her and a shot of sugar water will get her moving. Tummy's need movement to keep working and the water to get the pooper shooter going again. Good luck.. I've been watching to see how your doing. I hatch out birds every spring and I've found out a bit of sugar water in a syringe will give them the sugar 'rush' to get them moving wich in turn gets the innards moving again to. Electrolites in the water helps also.

Donna from Mo    Posted 03-03-2004 at 16:36:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kelly, you are taking me back a few years. After sitting in the pasture hugging a dying cow's head while she breathed her last, and bidding good-bye to half-grown, bottle-raised lambs killed by dogs, and all the other methods of slaughter that can happen to critters over a span of 30 years... I've become numb to something as simple as a baby chick being sick; I think after while I built up callouses to keep from being hurt so much by death. I miss the innocence you have. I saw this same trait in Eieio, who used to post here a lot, and I envy you both. I wish I still cared that much! Bless your heart, I hope that chick makes it.

KellyGa    Posted 03-03-2004 at 16:59:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, I am rootin for her. I just finished talking to Clay (Coon Catcher) and he said I was gonna HAVE to get it out. Then I had a brainstorm, he suggested Qtips, and the mineral oil, try to get it out. I did, and it worked. I think she is clear now, but still feels bad, she didn't fight me hardly at all. She has pooped a little of the white stuff thats in their poop, no big poop yet. Heres hoping.

I have to try to keep them alive, I have done it with so many past pets, but I do know when to let them go. When there is no hope. I thought for half a second of going ahead and putting it out of it's misery, but I just couldn't. These chicks are my first ever, and I want to give them every chance I can.

ret    Posted 03-03-2004 at 18:18:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kelly, maybe you ought to if you havn't already, get that hay out of there and stay with pine shavings. I don't believe the chicks will try to eat the shavings like they do straw and hay. Sprinkle some feed in the shavings, they will find it . Give them something to do
Good luck REt

KellyGa    Posted 03-03-2004 at 19:10:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks ret, I will get the pine shavings instead. They do have stuff to do though. :) Did you ever read my post about the toys I put in there for them? They love the bells and stuff. I have other birds, so I had a lot of extra toys, they like the bird toys too! :)

ret    Posted 03-04-2004 at 05:24:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was thinkng that your chicks were kind of young to be eating stalks of grain. Like feeding a baby shredded wheat. You get past the first month or two they get tough real quickly

Clipper    Posted 03-03-2004 at 16:15:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Give it time Kelly....and get some rest.:^)

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