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2 week old straining to poop and vent buldges

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I am new to being a Chickie Momma, so I'm not sure what to do. I have a 2 week old Black Austarlorp and about 2 days ago, I heard the chick chirping a lot, more than usual.  I noticed that she was chirping because she was straining to poop.  The poop doesn't want to fully come out on its own and it's BIG. It just kind of hangs out in her vent.  Her vent appears to completely become stretched and it starts to majorly bulge, like it's going to become prolapsed.  I have to help her with getting the poop out with warm water and a q-tip.  I've tried yogurt and giving her a few drops of warm water and olive oil, but no luck. I've also tried to put a little Vasaline around her vent to try and ease it out, but no luck.  She eats a lot, and drinks fairly normally; maybe a little less than her siblings. 

Any suggestions on what may be going on with her and how I can better help her? Other than this pooping problem that seems painful to her, she appears healthy.  Although, she has always been the sleepier one out of the bunch of 8.

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If you can get a hold of some coconut oil, use it on the vent to reduce inflammation and pain.

 

Also, warm it and hold a cup of it under her beak and see if she will take a few healthy sips. You need to treat her for constipation. Dip her beak in it to get her interested.

 

You can also use an eye dropper to insert a bit of the oil just inside her vent to help lubricate things at that end.

 

It sounds like she's becoming weak from her struggles. Get some Poultry Nutri-drench. Wal-mart carries it in the pet section, as do feed stores. It will give her an immediate nutritional boost and help her survive this ordeal.

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Thank you for your help. As of this morning, shes still struggling to poop, but at least the size of the poop appears to be getting smaller. I gave her some electrolytes in a dropper last night and gave her some more this morning, and I'll continue throughout the day. Fortunately I do have coconut oil, so I will apply some.
I trully appreciate your input and advice, thank you!
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