13 week old chick looks sick - lethargic behavior and one eye closed


In the Brooder
8 Years
Apr 13, 2011
Help! My bossiest chick has something very wrong. She is lethargic, sad and not eating. And this has all happened in the last 3 - 4 hours.

When I let them out of their pen around 2 p.m. everyone seemed fine, running around the backyard and playing. When I took them yogurt at 4 I noticed that Wilhelmina looked like a pirate with one eye closed, but other than that she seemed fine. in the last two hours she's gone downhill fast - now she is sitting or standing by herself with both eyes closed - almost like she is in a trance or sleeping. The only thing that makes her move is me coming close to her - but she is slow. She even let me catch her (which is not like her at all), but fought hard when I tried to put her in her own pen.

I have a call into the vet, but they have not called back yet. Any ideas?

No but she just left a poo that was really watery and kind of yellow looking. But then it glazed over really quickly, almost looking like an egg white. I don't remember this kind of poo being on the poo guide the chicken whisperer sent.

I just put some antibiotics in their water. Anything else I should be doing?
Given the age if it were me I'd try Corid to see if it helped her. You would most likely see improvement within 24 hours or so, based on the rate at which I have seen bloody stools disappear with it.

But this is a judgement call- so here is some info. on coccidiosis so you can decide:

in the cattle section at the store.
Dose available in the byc search bar for corid dosage.

Sulmet works too but is harder on their systems (treats more strains of cocci). In the poultry section.

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