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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:48 am 
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I bought 4 Lohmann Brown chicks from my local produce store 2 days ago. I was told they were week olds, but more like they vary up to 1 week old (1 x bossy big one, 1 x same size, not bossy, 1 a day or 2 younger and 1 probably just hatched when I bought her. The littlest one had pasty butt and I had to bathe it away gently with cotton pad and warm water then I put a dab of olive oil on it, from then I have had to still wipe her with a tissue a few times a day. However, I noticed she just sits under the lamp alone, although she eats and drinks occasionally she is very quiet and is always just under the lamp on her own while the others run about and knock her over. I tried separating her for a day (still under a lamp) but worried she was lonely put her back in with the rest with the same result.

I have these 4 in a large guinea pig cage 100x56cm with puppy pee pads as a base, because they were eating the shavings I put down.

What should I do with this tiny one please?


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:13 pm 
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Welcome to the forum :)

Unfortunately it doesn’t sound like this little one has the strength and good health of her siblings. Sounds like she’s got a few underlying issues (hard to say what they might be). I would try to separate this one but keep her in sight of the others. Can you set up another cage or cat carrier right next to the cage that the others are in? Or divide the larger cage in two with a bit of mesh (divide a smaller area off for the unwell chick)?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:42 am 
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Thank you I will separate her next to the others. It's odd she keeps hanging in there. I guess time will tell. Plenty of TLC in the meantime :)
I read about sugar water for energy. Should I try something like this or is there a supplement or food I should be giving? Was going to get some small mealworms today.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:27 am 
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Unfortunately some chicks are weak , sick from get go and usually die, in the end this one's probable fate. As cruel as it sounds but it more then likely has internal issues and isn't going to make it. It could be the same age as the others but because sick it hasn't grown. When you buy chicks watch from a distance and see how active they are. Only buy the strongest chicks, better then seeing them die and feeling helpless when it fate was probably already sealed. When you breed them you end up having to realize not every chick is going to make it. One now and again is going to die. Last season I had one chick out of multiple clutches die when very young, was weak from first day, except it and concentrate on the strong.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:24 pm 
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Just normal chick starter is best, but a bird vitamin added to the drinking water definitely won’t hurt.

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