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My chick has a problem, help?!

post #1 of 9
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I have a 1-3 week old chick, and she stopped chirping awhile ago. She occasionally chirps if I go to pick her up. She sticks her head in the air and closes her eyes, opening and closing her beak. The others are all laying down sleeping, but she won't? Is there food stuck in her throat, or..?
Update: I also hear a really quiet muffled sound, almost like when you lose your voice and can't speak.
Edited by likkatron - 10/13/15 at 6:48pm
post #2 of 9
What are they eating? Are you feeding them chick grit as well as their crumbles?
post #3 of 9
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Chick grit with crumble, she might have ate a small piece of lettuce.. (I removed all lettuce)
post #4 of 9
I would say while you're waiting for a pro to answer give them a small dish with just chick grit and make sure they have unlimited supply of water.
This guy has a nasty blockage.

I've done crop massage gently with some success but it's got to be a gentle motion. I put a finger on either side of the neck and gently stroke down while pressing ever so slightly...
I can't believe how high the bulge is in your photo. Thats a bad one to be sure. Might be the lettuce. 1-3 weeks is a bit young for lettuce.
post #5 of 9
Is he eating and drinking or is he avoiding food and water at the moment?
post #6 of 9
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Is he eating and drinking or is he avoiding food and water at the moment?
We've been giving her water from s dropper, I'll try giving her a dish of chick grit in a bit. Someone from the family ran to the store for olive oil to help it go down, will she die?
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Is he eating and drinking or is he avoiding food and water at the moment?
Also, I think you might be taking about her beard, she's a bearded chick (salmon fAverolles)
post #8 of 9
Well, I killed a chick on accident by giving it water from a dropper. I drowned her. I'm not doing that again. I was trying to help because she wouldn't drink...well she made the choking motion and shortly after she faded away.

I noticed the beard. She or he is a cutie. I was talking about the lower part of the photo where the crop resides.
post #9 of 9
If I ever have to do that again I'm letting them tell me when they're done and only doing it in small amounts. The electrolyte water is a life saver. I give grit every morning separate so they can choose to go get some, then they get their feed and water. I make a mash if they are big on wasting it or they need to be encouraged to eat it. Fermented feed is my chickens favorite.
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