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  1. azygous

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Is it at all possible to get a photo of the black chick's poop? I for one derive a lot of information from a visual aid. The fact that this chick is energetic, eating well, growing, etc. points to something of a more benign nature. However, even a benign issue can present its own problems. We...
  2. azygous

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    It does no harm to treat for coccidiosis if you suspect it. Corid is simply a thiamine blocker that prevents the coccicia from accessing this nutrient in the chicken's intestines to thrive. It is not an antibiotic or a true medicine in that sense.
  3. azygous

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Sugar is a valuable treatment for reviving any chicken that is weak, semi-conscious, unsteady, heat stressed, suffering from shock from being injured or suffering from hypothermia. It elevates the glucose and will quickly revive a chicken with these emergency issues. It can save a chicken's life...
  4. azygous

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    I can't see that anything you're doing is causing this blood. Yes, coccidiosis can cause blood in the stools. I would treat for it with the Corid. You have verified the blood is coming from the poop, not an exterior injury. But I've never heard of grit causing injury to the intestines. Anything...
  5. azygous

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Most strains of coccidia do not produce bloody stools. When blood is present in the stools from coccidiosis, it's not a copious amount, and it's confined to the poop, like a dollop on it. When there is a copious amount of blood in stools and on bedding, it's almost always from a comb injury or...
  6. azygous

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    The improvement is dramatic and oh so very welcome! She seems to be a large girl by genetics. Usually, a chick with genetically caused issues is smaller, a runt, due to underdeveloped organs not allowing for efficient utilization of calories and nutrients. Your chick does not fit this average...
  7. azygous

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    It's a near impossibility that you caused this chick to become sick in these scant few days. Electrolytes and vitamins need to be overused over a long period to cause this much harm. I'm inclined to think this chick has congenital issues that are coincidentally occurring at this moment. Yes...
  8. azygous

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    The chick is certainly a lot larger. And very sick, judging from the eyes. Fat and fluid buildup shouldn't be uniform. There should be areas where you should be able to feel the bones. Use you sense of touch, not just your eyes, to get an idea of where this chick is carrying this extra fat or...
  9. azygous

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Please understand that coincidences happen, and it doesn't necessarily mean you've done anything wrong. It would be helpful to see a photo of this fat chick in relation to the normal size chicks. I'm wondering if the chick is suffering from edema (fluid buildup) and isn't fat. The cause could...
  10. azygous

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    You've received very good advice. Try not to feel guilty. It's a useless emotion. Turn it into a humbling experience that has a lesson attached. Losing a chick in this way is traumatic for you. Many of us have been in your shoes. In fact, right now, I have a chick that has injured itself, and I...
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