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Sick chick, possibly coccidiosis or failure to thrive - advice needed!

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So one of my chicks is sick. It is a bit under a week old. It is lethargic and listless, drooping its wings and not eating or drinking. This began a few hours ago, but has been acting a bit off all day, starting with when I found it lying in the water dish this morning. We began force feeding it water with electrolytes and yogurt in the past few hours after it got bad. This has not seemed to improve it, but it seemingly hasn't gotten worse either. We just separated it, but before we did I noticed some diarrhea in the cage. I didn't see which chick was the culprit, but my guess is the sick one. The only good thing is when we did seperate it, it apparently had enough energy to run and scream for its siblings for a few minutes.

Anyway- after some reading I have suspicions it may be coccidiosis. It is night here so we will have to get corid in the morning. We have a few feed stores around so I don't have a doubt someone will have it. We will contact our avian vet in the morning to see if she has any advice.

But I have a few questions:
These chicks have been in a plastic container turned brooder their whole life- how could it have gotten coccidiosis?!
Should I treat its siblings with corid?
Will corid hurt it if it is not coccidiosis?
What else could be wrong with this chick?
What should I do?

I really don't want to loose these chicks.... These are the first I've ever hatched. So please, some advice? Im very concerned for these chicks, especially this little one. sad.png
post #2 of 6
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Still very concerned about this chick but here's a quick update- it hasn't stopped screaming and running around since we separated it. It seems to have perked up somewhat but it still won't eat or drink. When it does calm down it begins to droop all over again as well. I don't know what to do.
post #3 of 6
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I believe the chick is failing to thrive.
Somehow until now I never noticed how tiny it is. It is half the size of its siblings.

I've never dealt with failure to thrive. Is this a death sentence for the chick? Is there anything I can do? Please, if anyone has any ideas on what to do to help this poor chick, please let me know.

We are feeding and giving it water every 2 hours or so. Going to continue giving it electrolytes - might go out and buy some nutri-drench after seeing it suggested on other threads. We are also going to give it some scrambled eggs.

I apologize for multiple posts but I believe the more information the better.
post #4 of 6

It won't hurt to treat for Cocci if that is what you suspect.

Dosage for Cocci is 1 1/2 teaspoons Corid powder per gallon or
2 teaspoons of 9.6% Corid liquid per gallon

Give for 5-7 days - make sure this is the ONLY water available during that time period. Mix a fresh batch at least once a day.


You can add some vitamins/electrolytes to the water, won't hurt.

Some chicks do fail to thrive and unfortunately do not make it.

post #5 of 6
I am currently in the same boat. My little gold laced is small and hasn't gotten lethargic yet but isn't doing well. I am picking Corid tonight after work and holding my breath she has made it through my work day. How is your baby?
Anyone know if it would hurt to treat all since the DH started yesterday and has possibly infected the other babies?
post #6 of 6
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Hi Wyojax.
My chick is currently doing alright. We have been feeding it scrambled eggs every few hours and giving it electrolytes & sav-a-chick through water. It is no longer as lethargic and droopy but still is very small and not the strongest chick

I hope your chick makes it.
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