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Why Is There Clicking When My Chick Breaths

By Transit, Jun 10, 2012 | |
  1. Transit
    Recently, one of my Dutch hens hatched out some chicks. One chick hatched late and appears to be a runt, the hen tryed to peck him to death, so I put him inside my house. He is located in a cardboard box with hay, medicated chick food, a water dispenser, (Not a bowl) and a heat lamp. I had to seperate the chick at hatching to save him, so I put the other chick of his type (Who had been outside for two days) in with he to teach him how to eat and drink. He is eating and drinking just fine, he can hop around, and shows not a single sign of respitory problems, except for that he CLICKS when breaths! It happens steadily and softly, It doesn't happen all the time, but most of the time. I'm not sure, but I'm thinking that it happens when he breaths out. His is almost three days old and this has been happening since he hatched! Yesterday, he drank a little bit too much too fast and appeared to be breathing hard and shaking his beak. The water incident yesterday didn't cause any problems but the clicking still remains! What should I do?! This isn't his chirping and I REALLY need help! I'm so worried!
    (I named him Fluke, by the way.) ;)

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