1 silkie weak chick-help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Juliechickens, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. Juliechickens

    Juliechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my silkies seems like something is wrong. She hatched yesterday and her brother/sister did too and it seems fine. She is very wabbly on her feet...unstable. I haven't noticed her eating very much. I held her and made her drink some "Quick Chick" which she seemed to enjoy but she is she has not yet drank on her own. She sleeps when the others are playing. I have her and her sibling in with 2 other small frizzles which were born the day before my two silkies.
    I tried to give her some of the Mcmurry Grogel Plus which she nor any of the other chicks touched. She is now chirping kind of loud since I made her drink that water. She just seems weak and lathargic. Is there anything I can do? I've read about pasty butt but I don't know what exactly it looks like,,,,I guess it would just look clogged up maybe? I will check that now. If it's clear,,,then what else could it be or anything I can do? She is warm,,,I have a brooder light over them where they can get near or far from the warm light. The others are doing great but she is not. I'm just worried about her. If any of this rings a bell,,,please let me know! Julie
     
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Definitely check for pasty butt...looks like poop clumped over the vent making it impossible for them to pass their bowels/urates. The vent must remain open for them to deficate, otherwise they block up & die. Use warm water and q-tip to clean it off if that is the problem. Then apply baby oil to the vent to help it stay clean.

    It could just be this chick is just slow to start. I wouldn't panic in the first day or two, but if it's still laying around tomorrow, I'd offer some more to drink and see if you can perk her up a little. You could also boil some eggs and feed egg yolk...that seems to get them going and once they get some, they really love it. You could also try dropping crumbles in front of her on the floor. They seem to get pecking at the floor faster than a feeder. If you don't already, cover the floor with paper towel, so the feed stands out for them. Keeping my fingers crossed for improvement with your chick. [​IMG]

    Jody
     
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Julie, hows your chick doing today? I hope she is doing better.

    Jody
     

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