I have an Ameraucana chick that will be 4 weeks on Tuesday. A few days after we got her, she developed what I thought was mild pasty butt, cleaned her up and she seemed fine. But now, this past week, she's been having bouts of constipation where she had HUGE poops that she can't pass on her own. She chirps in pain and we have to basically help her squeeze the poop out.
Yesterday, I decided to try giving her an enema. I ended up giving her 2 - one with warm soapy water and the second with warm water and olive oil. Both times it provided almost immediate relief, but she eventually became constipated again. Tonight, I gave her another enema but this time I used warmed up unrefined coconut oil as I've heard it has some good healing properties. I was hoping that spending some time outside yesterday, where they definitely ate some grass and other good stuff, might have helped loosen her up, but obviously that wasn't the case. When she isn't constipated, she runs around like crazy with the others - eating and acting fine.
I don't have a problem continuing to treat her with enemas, but I'd like to get to the root of WHY she's so constipated. Is there anything I can add to the water that will help her - without harming the 8 non-constipated chicks she shares the brooder with? I wet their food today to try to get some extra fluids in her - but of course she didn't have much interest in eating at that moment as she'd just gotten an enema and passed a monster poop. The poor thing. I feel so bad for her and am hoping this doesn't meant there is just something wrong with her plumbing.
Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated.