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Bare bummed baby - please help

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Hello I am looking for help and insight into a problem I am having with one of my chicks. It is 6 days old and about two days ago I noticed it has no feathers around its but and under its wings. It is completely bald and its anus is slightly red and swollen. I am not sure if this is coccidiosis or vent gleet or something else... I feel just awful about it and am trying very hard to help this little guy out but am worried I am doing everything wrong.


I have been feeding the chicks fermented unmedicated chick starter and water that has a mix of honey, garlic, cinnamon and apple cider vinegar. I have also been hanging little herbs and things in there for them to explore. Once i saw that this one was dealing with some issues, I added oil of oregano to the water and fed him a little Kefir. I initially separated him from the rest so I could observe him. His droppings don't have any blood in them. They are slightly runnier and stick to his butt. I have been cleaning him up and today I put some poplar oil on the affected areas. His energy levels seem fine other than the stress of being alone - he is eating and drinking. 


any ideas or insights would be appreciated.


Another side issue is with the fermented feed a lot of my chicks have very messy chins. I have made an extra effort to really strain the feed so it is as dry as I can get it. I am wondering if this is something I should be concerned about.


Thanks so much. I am trying my best and I hope I haven't done anything too detrimental.


Some other notes are there bedding is wood shavings and I have 45 western rustics and 5 cornish cross. the one in question is a cornish.


Thanks so much 

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He may be constipated or have a mild prolapse. Pictures may be helpful. I would stop all of the herbs for now, and just give him chick feed with electrolytes and vitamins, plus the kefir for probiotics. Give him a few drops of molasses to cause him to poop. How have his droppings looked? Make sure that he isn't too hot and is drinking plenty of fluids.
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Thank you for the reply!


His droppings look like the other chicks droppings (cylindrical, brown with a touch of white) and his energy levels are still on par with the others. I reunited him with the group after observing him for a few days. his feathers are starting to grow back but he is still having feces crust around his anus. I was removing them with poplar oil but the last day and a half have left him alone to see what happens. I am feeling relieved but still keeping a watchful eye. I will try and get a picture up this afternoon if I can. 


where do you get the electrolytes from? 

post #4 of 4
You can make some chick electrolytes from recipes online, or get some from the feed store which are preferred since they also have vitamins. Save AChick is a common brand, but Durvet and Rooster Booster sell them also.
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