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Lethargic Chick

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Hey guys,

I need some help. I've got a cuckoo maran chick that is lethargic. I got her yesterday morning and she was acting fine, only issue is that she broke her toe when another chick grabbed it. She was walking fine, eating and drinking. Now she's lethargic, and won't move. She'd been a bit more still today, but it was around the time everyone else was taking a nap so I figured she was fine. She'd start chirping if I picked her up, so she was fine. Now she's not moving, I gave her some water through a syringe which she eagerly drank. She won't stand up, and her head will just sort of nod down after a few seconds. When I found her she was laying on her side, making me think she was dead. After giving her water(a drop at a time), she will open her mouth repeatedly. Is that asking for more water? She's been doing nonstop since the water, and that was 10 minutes ago.

She won't open her eyes either, could that be related? Again, she was fine yesterday.

I've attached a picture of her eyes and her foot. It's a really bad picture of the foot, but you can see how the middle toe turns inward.

Any help is appreciated, I would like to help this chick as best I can.


post #2 of 6
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Also, I don't think she's eaten, her crop feels empty. What would be the best thing to feed her? I've heard yogurt and water, but I've also heard scrambled eggs. What would y'all reccomend?
post #3 of 6
If you can get chick electrolytes with vitamins, such as SaveAChick, add that to the water. Pedialyte, Gatorade, or 1 tsp of sugar and a pinch of salt added to a quart of water, those will work temporarily. Dip her beak or dropper feed her as often as possible for the next 24 hours until she is more alert. Check her vent for stuck poop, and clean it off daily. Sprinkle chick crumbles around her feet on a paper towel to get her to eat.
post #4 of 6
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Update; chick died. It was really peaceful at least. The only odd thing, was that she coughed up a glob of spit or something when she died. It was clear and kind of mucusy. The only thing I can think that would cause that would be because she aspirated, but she lived too long for that to be the cause of death. Any idea why she died? I know chicks just sometimes don't make it, but maybe there were signs that I missed that I need to keep an eye out for in the future.

Thanks to all who read and replied.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Eggcessive View Post

If you can get chick electrolytes with vitamins, such as SaveAChick, add that to the water. Pedialyte, Gatorade, or 1 tsp of sugar and a pinch of salt added to a quart of water, those will work temporarily. Dip her beak or dropper feed her as often as possible for the next 24 hours until she is more alert. Check her vent for stuck poop, and clean it off daily. Sprinkle chick crumbles around her feet on a paper towel to get her to eat.

Thank you, I will keep this in mind for the future.
Edited by CuttingHorse - 3/25/16 at 7:50pm
post #6 of 6
Sorry for your loss.
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