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Chickie not drinking water

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So, last week I posted about my 2 week old chickie having an issue with poop getting stuck in her vent and not coming out all the way; causing the vent to stretch and protrude.  I noticed she wasn't drinking as much as the rest of the chicks and ultimately what has helped was giving her fluids such as fresh water, probiotic water, and molasses water; hourly to increase hydration that has softened her poop. I noticed that she doesn't like to drink much.  I've seen her dip her beak in the waterer once and just shake the water off.  Since I've been hydrating her, she sleeps less (slept a ton before), is very active, and looooves to eat and take dust baths.  Everything to lead me to think she is healthy.  I even took her to the vet 2 days ago who said she appears healthy and has no infections, but that she thought my Prissy may be at the bottom of the pecking order and not able to get to the water.  I haven't seen this to be true, it just seems like she has no interest in drinking. I can't imagine having to hydrate her for the rest of her life, but if I don't she starts to struggle with pooping again.  Even now, she ALWAYS has to pluck the poop out of her vent with her beak because it just usually hangs out in the vent, but it appears softer so there's not so much protruding. Also, since her vent had gotten pretty stretched due to the straining to poop, the vent remained quite stretched and far larger than her siblings.  I've used Preparation H with no luck.  I even used coconut oil. 

Any suggestions or ideas on how to get this little Ms. Prissy to start drinking on her own and if there is any chance of her vent returning to it's normal size?

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Could you try adding a second waterer? Just because you do not see the pecking order, does not mean it isn't a factor. The birds have a nonverbal language, and it is likely she just accept her place.
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Could you try adding a second waterer? Just because you do not see the pecking order, does not mean it isn't a factor. The birds have a nonverbal language, and it is likely she just accept her place.

Thank you, I was just thinking to add a 2nd waterer. I will try that tonight. I can understand what you're saying about the pecking order. Poor lil thing.
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