Hi Everyone -
I posted about this a couple of days ago, but didn't get any response, so now I'm reaching out here in case anyone has any suggestions.
I'm a new chick mom, so maybe I need to just chill out and let things take their course - not sure.
On Monday, I woke up to find one of my babies with her butt looking a little nasty and a bit of a swollen vent. After watching her for a little while, I saw that she seemed a bit constipated - she would strain while trying to poop, make a weird crickety chirp, and then peck at her vent a little after managing to get a small amount of poop out.
After doing a ton of reading and researching, I separated her from the other chicks, tried giving her some yogurt, apple cider vinegar in her water, and cleaning her vent area with some warm water. I then applied some triple antibiotic ointment on the area. Keeping her separated from the others, I was able to watch her eat and drink normally - kept the brooder at about 87, and watched her poop several times - but still the same issue, straining, crying and tiny poops.
On Monday night, I put her back in with her sisters, as I didn't see any reason to separate her any longer and didn't want to distress her too much keeping her by herself.
Yesterday, I woke up and the situation seemed exacerbated. He butt area was just a mess, and even more red and swollen. I tried giving her a warm bath, soaking her bum for 7-10 minutes, and then blow dried her. That helped clean her up a bit, but didn't do much in the way of relieve her. So we tried a little chicken enema, which I read about here. That helped get a little poo out, but seemed more traumatic than anything else. So I haven't done that again. Instead I put her back in the brooder. Last night, she seemed really tired when I went to give each of the chicks social time, so I separated her again from the other girls. She seemed to go right to sleep after eating and drinking a ton. Around 3am, she started screaming, so I put her back in with her sisters and all was well again.
This morning, it's the same. She is super red, swollen and messy on her backside. She eats normally and drinks normally, but just has the major straining issue going on.
At this point, I'm kind of spent, as I don't know what to do for her. Besides constantly looking like she needs to relieve herself and the strain, she is otherwise pretty normal. She walks around a lot. She eats, she drinks, she pecks with her sisters and she seems to be about the same size as the other orpington in my group (the wyandottes and gold stars seem much bigger).
Anyways - what do you guys think? Should i just let this play out? Is there anything else I should try?
Thanks for reading, I know that was a bit long!
Here is Monday's pic:
Here is todays:
I haven't yet given her a bath....