Hi guys, first time poster here.
We hatched some chicks ourselves two weeks ago for the first time and they've all been pretty good up until now where one of them is having problems with sleeping, sitting, eating, drinking, and breathing.
Video of the issues: Baby Chick Having Problems
It only started two days ago and I haven't been able to find any direct information regarding the symptoms on here or anywhere else of the internet so figured I need to ask.
As you can see in the video the little one wants to sleep but doesn't want to sit down. He has started occasionally sitting down and sleeping now, but due to his heavy open-mouth breathing he can't get any solid sleep in. His condition has definitely improved since two days ago as before he would only sleep standing up until his head slowly tips over then back up he gets. Rinsed and repeated.
We've tried massaging his throat down to the crop but that doesn't help. We've also tried giving a little olive oil with a dropper but that just passed right through. He also doesn't eat or drink as much as the others, though he has started eating a bit, his lack of drinking is still a bit worrying. We have been feeding them chick starter.
They have been in an enclosed, clean environment with daily/two-day cleaning of the brooder.
We'd really appreciate any knowledge that anyone has on the matter, we definitely don't want anything to happen to him.
Thanks for reading!