Hi. I am very new to the chicken world. I recently got my first flock of chicks. One of them is this little Barred Rock chick that stole my heart. I got her from a local Grain store at a few days old. A few days later, I noticed her starting to struggle when she pooped. She would cry out every time. At first, we thought she was just announcing it. As she got older, it got worse and worse and it would sometimes take her 5 to 10 minutes to even get it all out while she cried and cried. It would keep me up at night and my heart would break. We searched and searched for advice. Most of the advice that we found was simply to put her out of her misery. But, she was growing, eating and acting the same as the other healthy chicks we had and I didn't feel it would be right to kill a chick that seemed to want to live just because she had a hard time pooping! We added electrolytes and probiotics to her water and decided to bring her to a Vet to have her looked at and possibly get a cure or at least some advice. The Vet said she seemed very healthy and prescribed a stool softener. We gave her that for a week or two along with another stool softener when that didn't seem to be working (we were trying everything). Nothing seemed to help at all! I felt like we were putting her under unnecessary stress forcing her to take these medicines twice every day. Soon after, we stopped and just let her be. Now, she was getting older (about 4 weeks, maybe). She slowly started improving. By 6 or 7 weeks, she seemed perfectly normal. I think she just needed to grow. She is now about 10 weeks and she is doing GREAT!!!
So, I just wanted to share her story in case there are others out there with a chick with a similar problem and all the advice they can find is to kill it. I hope this could give somebody some hope and maybe save a little life from being taken unnecessarily. I understand all cases can be very different and I would never want to make a chick suffer needlessly. This is just our chick's story... : )