3-4 w. old chick not eating/drinking

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by albert7777, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. albert7777

    albert7777 Out Of The Brooder

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    The baby chicken used to be extremely active, pecking at everything and eating and drinking a lot, but today it ate a fly alive and it doesn’t seem to be eating much food or drinking much water and is continually sleeping.

    I had introduced some newer chickens today, but it looks like sickness is unlikely because all the chickens come from the same place.

    Please help :/

    Thanks.
     
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    Its now not walking far without sitting down and barely eating or drinking :( please help
     
  3. K R 2709

    K R 2709 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am new with chickens but, it might be a good idea to try to tempt it with some warm mash. Maybe it could have been poisoned bay the fly? If you think that this is the case you can try a flush to get the toxins out of his system.
    Hope it gets better soon,
     
  4. albert7777

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    How do I flush the chicken??

    I have given it some sugar water it is eating a bit
     
  5. mwat

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    Hi,

    I'm sorry to hear this, mine has a bad eye but is completely acting normal. Must be terrible to watch, I wish I had some advice but my only idea would be to make sure that you get some sort of food into the chick so that whatever was in they fly (if it is that) is diluted. That is how you deal with any food an animal shouldn't eat so I figured it is at least something you can do until you have some additional help.

    I have found syringes without the needle are great for getting animals to eat what you want them too. Not very fun but at least you know that whats going into the chick.

    By the way I have seen my chooks seek out flys...and of course they have been fine...must have been something wrong with it...or is it possible it's stuck somewhere?

    Maybe some soft food might dislodge it if it is?

    Anyway, these suggestions are truly that, just wanted you to have support.

    Good Luck,
    mwat
     
  6. albert7777

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    I have tried doing that but it won’t put its mouth open when eating, I can manage to make it drink

    This is what happened to my last chick :(
     
  7. mwat

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    I know it's yucky but you have to force the mouth open, not the most glamourous thing...but they do forgive you. Has this happened just recently to another chick? Could this be nothing to do with the fly?
     
  8. albert7777

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    Not sure, the last one died since it drowned but it had the same symptoms
     
  9. Fancychooklady

    Fancychooklady Chicken Obsessed

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    Have they been on medicated chick starter, sounds a lot like cocci.
     
  10. albert7777

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    Not sure, I bought feed from store, not sure if medicated forgot to ask.
    There was some trace of orangey red in the poop though :///
     

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