3 1/2 wk. old lethargic chick/update & questions

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Wynette, May 12, 2008.

  1. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    She's an Ameraucana/EE. She's been sneezing for 5 days prior; was in with 17 other chicks, and I moved them outdoors to my ban pen Saturday. All the rest stopped sneezing except this chick. No runny eyes or nostrils, they are on pine shavings. Feed is medicated, and they've all been on Avia Charge 2000 in their water since hatch.

    She's very lethargic, but while in with the others, they'd bump into her and she'd wake up, and had a very good appetite and drank well, up until early this a.m. I was hoping she'd get better, as I really HATE to give antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. Late last evening, I did notice her stretching her neck upwards and opening her mouth a few times. This a.m., I decided it was time, and brought her back inside to a clean nursery pen. Gave Terramycin in her water; dipped her beak, and she drank a tiny bit. But now she's weak; eyes half shut, just sort of lying there, breathing hard. I'm not sure she'll make it through the day. I can't be home with her, as I work full time, but will do what I can for her just as soon as I get home, if there's anything I can do.

    I should also note that we had one in this hatch, and there's a 50% chance that it's her, that had a tough time getting up & going after hatch. She was sort of puffy in the abdomen, and took much longer than the others to get up & begin walking. That one had always been a bit slower than the rest, but had a voracious appetite and grew well - in fact, she's the biggest of them all. I had her leg and the other of the same parents banded, and one lost their leg band, so that's why I'm not 100% certain that it's her.

    Just before I left for work this a.m., she pooped and it had some pink in it - I took EXTREME close-ups from 2 angles (poo was maybe the size of a pencil eraser) - here it is, followed by a video. Please tell me if there's anything else I can do for her, or if it's time to help her across the rainbow bridge. Thanks, all!

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  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Anyone?
     
  3. SundownWaterfowl

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    Im not sure what could be wrong, but that is some nasty looking poop.
     
  4. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Can anyone help with this issue? I really want to help this girl if I can!!
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Not sure, but it looks like blood in the poop, so I'd say either cocci or worms damage. At that age, more likely cocci, but I really can't say anything for certain. Hope she makes it.
     
  6. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Shoot, thanks, Cyn. Sulmet, correct? Hope she's still okay by the time I get home - it's killing me being here at work.

    Any thoughts on what to feed her? Yogurt mixed with some chick crumbles?
     
  7. dlhunicorn

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    I would go ahead and treat for cocci but also get a faecal just in case she picked up worms in addition to that. The problems she had as a chick may not have resolved completely and in that weakened state she was unable to deal with the cocci sufficiently despite having the med starter... lets hope she also doesnt have worms.
     
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  8. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Will start tonight. So, discontinue the Terramycin, and treat with Sulmet?

    I don't know how she could have picked up worms, as she had only been outside for one day, and that was in an enclosed pen in my barn. But I'm sure stranger things have happened!

    THANKS so very much for your feedback and advice!!!
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yes, dont treat with the Terramycin at the same time as Sulmet. Hope she does okay soon.
     
  10. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks so much; as of this morning, she's exactly the same. So frustrating. She's pooping, but not very much; I don't see red in it any longer. I offered her some yogurt, she turned her head away, but I was able to get some on the side of her beak and she did eat some. I also dipped her beak in the Sulmet water several times, too.

    I'd like to see her eat some more; is she too young to force feed with a small syringe? If so, I could get some baby bird hand-feeding formula and try to get more food down her. I really feel like that would perk her up a bit. I'm so sad about this little one; she's from one of my very own, my first hatch, and I only had 5 hatch; and, I'm pretty sure she's a she. Plus, she's as cute as a button! (Of course, I may be partial!)

    Anyhow, feedback on the hand-feeding-with-a-syringe issue would be most helpful - thanks so much!
     

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