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My legbar is one week old. She is very lethargic, won't even open eyes. Chirping almost constantly very weakly. Has a bulge on tummy. Vent looks fine as far as I can tell. Help!! She's obviously dying.
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Keep it warm and if it will drink give it some pedialyte for infants and also a dose of poly vi sol. 

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She has a case of omphalitis or abdominal infection. She needs antibiotics eye droppered.

 

Latent bacterial overgrowth in the abdomen is a common killer of young chicks. It occurs during hatch. Usually they die at hatch, but sometimes they succumb later if the infection is latent.

 

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She has a case of omphalitis or abdominal infection. She needs antibiotics eye droppered.

Latent bacterial overgrowth in the abdomen is a common killer of young chicks. It occurs during hatch. Usually they die at hatch, but sometimes they succumb later if the infection is latent.

LofMc
x2. She could also possibly have had an open navel at hatch, or an unclosed vent which would have introduced infection. Omphalitis can kill up to two weeks. As a note, if you hatched this chick yourself, consider lowering hatching humidity to help prevent this from happening again. I hope she gets better soon!

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Thank you for the info. She did unfortunately die over night. sad.png
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Thank you for the info. She did unfortunately die over night. sad.png
I'm so sorry!!!!! *hugs*

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I'm sorry for your loss. Sadly, this is a not uncommon occurrence in newly hatched chicks and takes a quick application of antibiotics at the first hint of infection to save the day.

 

LofMc

Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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