so I just hatched 2 more birds recently...THE FINAL BATCH or so I think.
one of the new babies is sitting on its haunches...what do I do? Or is this normal?
ps. S/he kinda staggers instead of walking. Help!
I picked up a neighbor chick yesterday that got injured, bare patching it’s back and staggering, one eye closed. I’m caring for it, hopefully it will recover and I can return it to her. She tearfully gave me the chick, said she couldn’t bear the thought of it dying. If it dies, she wants me to be the one to handle it. As of this morning it has a full crop, drinking, eating and doing well. Still staggers, but I think it will overcome that.
Your chick could be cramped up from hatching or could have injured itself. It may be weak and needs to gain strength. Dip it’s beak in water. Dip it’s beak in the feed. I’m using a plastic lid from a cottage cheese containe for feed. Hold the baby, cuddle it and make sure it is eating and drinking. Give it a couple of days to gain strength. Newborns have a yolk sack that enables them to go for 3 days without food or water, so it may not be too interested at first. Hopefully as it ets and gains strength it will start walking. Good luck with your baby.
I don’t have any experience with chicken diseases, so can’t venture into any advice on that. My best guess is sometimes young newborns just don’t make it. We do all we can, sometimes we just don’t win. I’ve lost chicks, for seemingly no reason, I don’t have the answer. But I know you are giving the very best care possible. I hope the chick rallies and gets better.