2 month old - not moving, walking, eating, or drinking - crackling sto

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tree_78, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. tree_78

    tree_78 Out Of The Brooder

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    Please help - I am beside myself with worry. I am new to the chicken world. I got 3 chicks, born Sept. 18th. I kept them in a crate in my bedroom with a heat lamp the first 2 months. Last week I moved them to the coop I built, with draft protection and a heat lamp above the nesting boxes. One of the chicks is not responding. She is lethargic and her legs seem shaky / weak. She's not moving. If propped up, she falls over.
    I just started giving her water in her mouth with an eye-dropper and her stomach is making crackling noises. She's drinking the water but she seems completely "out of it" and not moving. Please help... my heart is breaking.
    (The other 2 chicks are fine, flying around, eating and drinking, playing...)
     
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Try putting a little sugar in the water you give in the dropper, see if she has any response to that.

    If she's not eating, you can try giving some cooked oatmeal, make it a little on the watery side.

    I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. [​IMG]
     
  3. tree_78

    tree_78 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you - I will try that!!!!!!!
     
  4. tree_78

    tree_78 Out Of The Brooder

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    Update: she's sleeping. I finally took her out of my sweatshirt and put her in a box by the fire with sugar water and oatmeal. She is not eating or drinking on her own but I put sugar water in her mouth with an eye dropper and two full spoonfuls of warm watery oatmeal down her throat. She fell asleep afterward. I do not know if she has the flu or if the shock of moving from the house to the coop was too much for her. The other chickens have adjusted fine but she has not. I will keep her indoors until she gets well.

    If there is any other advice I would appreciate it. She is an acopone (sp?) according to the feed store (to lay green/blue eggs) whereas the others were "basic" chicks - to lay brown eggs.

    I am learning so much from this forum, for which I am very grateful but again, thank you for your response and advice... I want very much to be able to take care of these chicks as much as they need.

    Tree
     
  5. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    did you give medicated starter? If not then your bird may be suffering from coccidiosis.
     

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