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10 wk old chick out all night, now sick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SusanVT, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. SusanVT

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    Last night two of the chicks (layer-breed mutt, raised by hen) didn't go inside to roost, and I couldn't find them with a flashlight. They've been wanting to roost outdoors. One is fine, the other was chilled and crouched on the ground when I got up.

    She's now in a plastic tub with a hot water bottle (wrapped in a towel), with food and water. She's better -- warm and standing up some of the time, more annoyed when I pick her up -- but still droopy looking, and won't eat. Her droppings are runny and thin. The first two droppings (of three today) had a little bit of red-orange matter, didn't really look bloody but I don't know what else it could be. She was fine yesterday! She doesn't have any wounds I can see.

    I don't have a chicken vet or money to pay one, so she'll get home treatment only -- and I don't have time to fuss with invalid chickens for long. But I do want to help her -- any advice? Thank you!
     
  2. SusanVT

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    By evening she was eating again, and this morning her droppings are completely normal. Guess that was what chilling and shock looks like in a chicken!
     

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