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Sick chick

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I just got 8 new chicks. And one of them seems to breathing harder than the others. I noticed this morning that her vent was cover and I took care to clean her off and inspected her vent which doesn't seem injured. These two problems may be unrelated. But her labored breathing has me concerned.
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How warm is your brooder temperature? Make sure that it is 90 degrees for the first week with a cooler spot to escape to. Use a thermometer on the floor in the warmest spot. Pasty butt can be common and a sign of dehydration. Make sure that the chick is drinking well, and adding electolytes such as SaveAChick or a 1/4 tsp of sugar to a cup of tepid water. Dip it's beak often, and make sure it isn't overheated.

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The brooder is between 92-95 with a cooler side. I've been making sure it's drinking but seems to be fading fast. I just checked her again and her vent was covered again. I cleaned her again. I'm so sad. However I have her seperated to insure that the other healthy chicks stay that way. Thanks for the response.
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