01-22-2017, 04:47 AM
Carefully checking the crop (by using the thumb and index finger) to see if it's full is a very good method. I do this on weaning chicks at the very least a couple of times per day (the checking can be done sooner, but it's also easy to see the crop contents when the feathers aren't yet covering the crop area and to visually notice the protuberance when the crop is full). This check is done while taking in account the chicks' feeding schedules and by not interfering when the mother is feeding them.
I do a last check at sundown, that's when all crops should be round and nicely filled (feel harder to the touch).
You can also keep track of the chick's weight by using a gram scale.
At a first stage, when the chick is not getting enough food there will be more begging and agitation/stress. As it progresses, the chick will gradually lose interest, the activity levels will reduce, the poops will reduce not just in size but also in frequency and with starvation, they will get a much darker colour.
When reaching the point of no return, the chick will not longer feel hunger and will not care about being fed.
From the description you have made, your chick is coping well so far and hopefully it continues that way.
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.
Last edited by aluz; 01-22-2017 at 04:52 AM.