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Help with a neighbors chick

post #1 of 9
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My neighbor and I split a shipment of chicks. Both our first time raising chicks. They are about 6wks old. She just sent me this saying one is about to die and has a huge lump in the chest area. Any ideas?
post #2 of 9

The lump on the chest is the crop. That's normal. It could be that the chick is chilled or might have a case of coccidiosis. She should get that chick warm, and treat with electrolytes and Corid, ASAP.


Edited by junebuggena - 2/19/16 at 1:52pm
post #3 of 9
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Thanks. He is going to try that. He said the chick is almost too heavy so kind of topples forward. It was fine before today.
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I had something similar happen with the last clutch of chicks my hen hatched.  They were the only hatch I didn't give electrolytes to.  The one had a big lump on her chest the was see-through(partially) and I got really worried.  Didn't do anything and they are fine, healthy pullets and a cockerel.  There were three of them.  At first I was worried it was a birth defect that I just didn't notice at first, because those were the eggs that had been in the refrigerator for a week, but it wasn't .  Maybe it was because I hadn't given them electrolytes...Now all chicks will always get electrolytes.  I also gave those chicks medicated chick starter.  The only reason was because we couldn't get unmediated.  That might also be a reason.  I don't know.  

 

What breed is it?  I don't think this has ANYTHING to do with it, but I'm just curious.  Mine was a cochin bantam cross.  All three chicks had the lump, but hers was the most noticeable. .  

post #5 of 9
As far as the "lump" that is where chickens store there food after they eat it. If you look up online chicken anatomy you can see what it looks like. if the chicks behavior is normal the lump just means she has ate well. Signs of a sick chick can include not eating (empty crop) lethergic behavior, excessive sleepiness, bloody and/or watery poop (not talking about cecal poop) . if you notice these behaviors the chick could have coccidosis. in that case you would want to treat with Amprolium the brand name differs where you live but here it's brand is Corid. If it's only the lump she's worried about no worry needed. normal. How is the chick behavior?
post #6 of 9

If you have a feed store near you they sell small packets of powder that you mix into water and it has electrolytes ...  it sounds like they just need a little TLC ..   Hopefully they will get better..   

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks I forwarded the info. I do t think it's acting normal since he said he thinks it's going to die. But he was going to the feed store to get some corid. Not sure which breed this one is
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Originally Posted by aprilgrem View Post

Thanks I forwarded the info. I do t think it's acting normal since he said he thinks it's going to die. But he was going to the feed store to get some corid. Not sure which breed this one is

was the concern it's behavior or the "lump" .? if his only concern was the "lump" and the bird is acting normal there would be no need to treat with Amprolium (corid). Remember the "lump" is normal chicken anatomy.
post #9 of 9
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I think it was a combo of the lump and behavior.
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