3 chicks-sick (9 weeks old) any ideas anyone?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tiki244, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    I have 3 chicks that are 9 weeks old- they have been sneezing a little and now I know they are sick the last couple of days they have been sleeping too much and their feathers are too much ruffled. The poor little things. I just thought they were molting and didnt really think that much of it but now I know they are sick. They seem really sleepy They are in the house
     
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  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    What kind/s are they?
    How warm do you have their brooder?
    Have they been eating and drinking?
    Have they been going to the bathroom?
     
  3. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    they are modern game bantam
    they are in a cage-no brooder(70*)
    they havent been eating as much as they used to and they are drinking
    they have been going to the bathroom
     
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  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Are they huddling together at all? If so, they might be too cold.
    A brooder keeps them warmer because it has solid sides.

    Have they been peeping alot?
    Is there any signs of diarrhea?
     
  5. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    they are kind of quiet but they peep a little
    I upped the temp a little in the house but not much-they are not huddling
    their faces are kind of pale
    I dont really think their poop is any different-maybe it is more white in it
     
  6. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    they maybe have a little diarhea- I keep putting paper down on top every couple of minutes now so their feet dont get dirty
     
  7. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    First 9 week chicks do not molt...they can loose a few juvenile feathers but molts happen in older birds.....I'd say they got chilled...Brooder boxes have sides on them to prevent drafts and a heat source down from the top to keep chills off of them...Try a mashed clove of garlic in their waterer..
     
  8. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    I will do, I got plenty of garlic. How long should they be in brooder? I will cover the sides of cage up too.
     
  9. Tuffoldhen

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    Brooder boxes and heat lamps are kept for day olds til they fully feather out...I have 2 8 week olds in the house in a brooder box and heat source...I'm not planning taking them outside til fully feathered and the weather warms up alot..then they will go into a larger pen with a heat source....

    Keep an eye on the chicks, something else might be going on too....it's hard to tell .....
     
  10. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    ok will do 2 of them seem a little better 1 still has her feathers all fluffed out and is closing her eyes a lot
     

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