So in the following pics, we'd had the chicks for just over three weeks and finally decided to name them all!
Our little Amelia... she had been struggling something fierce. In the first few weeks, she had a completely bald bum.... She actually was constipated severely. Her vent stuck out a lot and she'd squeal when she tried to poo. It would never come out all the way. I had tried putting some vaseline and triple antibiotic on it several times a day the first week. It didn't do a whole bunch.... Another pullet had pasty butt. I cleaned off the poo and put TA on her bum as well and she never had another problem. After Amelia wasn't getting better or growing, I decided to put a little of the apple cider vinegar in their water for a couple days and give them all hard boiled egg yolk. I did not ever separate them.... Also, I gave Amelia warm "baths" for a few days. Her constipation cleared up straight away! However, about a week later I noticed traces of blood in her stool for several days and she just wasn't growing like the rest. They were all starting to get to the ugly duck stage of their first molt and growing like weeds and she just wasn't..... So, I treated them ALL for coccidiosis at that point and after just a couple days, she improved significantly!
Also, in these pics, you'll notice Amelia and Betty look very different. They were both supposed to be white leghorns... Their differences, I had attributed to Amelia's sickness until a dear friend of mine informed me that my dear Mrs. White is most certainly NOT a leghorn but a buff orpington instead. I will admit some disappointment in the beginning because I got the legborns specifically for their excellent egg-laying and now all I had was poor little Amelia to be my champion layer. But..... I must say I love my fluffy Betty just the same and I adore her fluffy bottom!!
Mother Clucker (Mother Hen to the kids)