I've had some sneezing chicks lately. Their noses weren't runny and I've used Vetrx, probiotics, electrolytes, and wheat germ oil. This has helped dramatically too. I think they had a virus and just needed some extra TLC to help kick it. Almost no sneezing now.
Anyways, one of the vitamin supplements I got came in a bottle with an eyedropper cap and gave instructions for use either in their drinking water or "for fast results", directly to the chicks mouth using the eye-dropper. Well my inexperience must be readily apparent to these chicks cause the direct mouth with the eyedropper thing isn't working for me. I'm so afraid that I'm hurting these little guys when I open their beaks. They scream bloody murder so loud that it startles me. Do they always scream like that when you open their beaks or is my technique off?
Second question is that when I finally got the beak open and was able to get a drop or two of the liquid vitamin in there, they wouldn't want to swallow. One exhaled and I saw bubble in the mouth and I freaked cause I though it went into his lungs. I was hoping that just by dropping the liquid into their beak that they'd know with tube to send it down. Anyways, they'd just stuggle and eventually shake their heads and all the vitamins would splatter everywhere and I'd be left with an agitated and untreated chick who is now reluctant for me to pick them up.
So what was I doing wrong? I figured I might as well learn this skill for the future in case I need to do it and get it right the first time.