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3 days ago one of my little 2 week old chicks ate a fire ant.  This is what happened, in case it happens to anyone else.  Fire ants are pretty toxic so when I saw the chick had it I tried to take it away but of course it swallowed it!  Looking back I should have gotten my tweezers and gone in after the ant, but I didn't.  The next morning when I went in the coop to feed them, that chick was nearly paralyzed.  Her eyes were closed and she was barely responding to me.  I honestly had little hope but had to try to save her.  I took her in and put heat packs in a box to keep her warm.  I tried eye dropping water into her beak but she wasn't swallowing.  I messaged her to try to get some blood moving.  I did this every few hours through out the day.  I knew she would be dehydrated if I didn't get water into her so I forced some down her and messaged her throat.  I also gave her a few drops of apple cider vinegar.  I don't know if that helped but at least it didn't kill her.  I read that it helps absorb some of the ant toxins.  I left her alone through the night.  I heard her peeping the next morning.  She had pooped (which was a good sign) but was still not responding much.  Again, I kept her warm and forced water down her.  I felt like since she pooped, food must be moving through her so I force fed her some wet mash.  I did this every few hours through the afternoon.  She finally pooped out the ant!  I am happy to say she made a full recovery and I just put her with her sisters in the hen house.  She ran over and started eating like nothing ever happened.  Don't give up hope over a fire ant ingestion but do try to avoid it.

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Now go and retitle this thread "cure for chick eating a fire ant". If folks are seeking this info later it will help them find it.

 Amazing,

 Karen

Walt Boese strain and Tewart flock of Pure English  Light Sussex

My flock now resides with Farmer Karl in PA.   

  I know he will do well by them. Karl is a knowing poultry man.

RIP Hellbender, my friend. Good friend, good heart, gone too soon.

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Walt Boese strain and Tewart flock of Pure English  Light Sussex

My flock now resides with Farmer Karl in PA.   

  I know he will do well by them. Karl is a knowing poultry man.

RIP Hellbender, my friend. Good friend, good heart, gone too soon.

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