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3 day old chick, scratching its head off, HELP, (BLOODY PIC!!!)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Yvonne37894, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. Yvonne37894

    Yvonne37894 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1 of the 3 day old lt brahma chicks has started scratching at its head, both sides.
    has food & water at all times. On paper towels.
    Anyone have a suggestion on what it could be! I've looked it over, no mite

    On both sides of head

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  2. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    is it by itself, it should. Def need a red light. And some bluekot. its what I would do.
     
  3. Yvonne37894

    Yvonne37894 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    has red light, with 15 chicks, only 1 that is doing this.
    I'm holding it to keep it from scratghing.
    bathed & drird it. very little damage.


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  4. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd put antibiotic ointment on it & isolate it within the brooder (if you can).
     
  5. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    File the toenails so they are not sharp. Maybe a problem in the ear canal causing it to scratch, but I have no suggestions as to what it could be.
     
  6. Yvonne37894

    Yvonne37894 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put tape over toes to stop damage, and I'm giving water !! Maybe it never started drinking !!
     
  7. kimb

    kimb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I too would guess inner-ear problem - maybe an ear infection? -

    If you have/can call a vet I'd try to get a dosage for antibiotics

    Poor little thing x( hope you find the answer.
     
  8. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    I've had at least two cases where it was necessary to isolate a chick for a few days. They survived and eventually went back with their buds. Yours will to I expect.
     
  9. Yvonne37894

    Yvonne37894 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Update:
    Forced it to drink water only!
    It is running with the group and is doing fine.
    No more scratching.
    Thanks all for the help!
     
  10. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been reading this forum for a while now and this is one of the craziest things I've ever read. Poor little thing was tearing it's skin all to pieces and all because it never started drinking? Sign of dehydratation? Please keep us posted on this. Very interesting and we all can learn and pass on the knowledge when someone else's chick acts the same way.

    Strange

    Happy New Year Everyone!
     

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