3 day old with crossbeak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by swag1muffins, Oct 6, 2014.

  1. swag1muffins

    swag1muffins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought new chicks after my first batch thriving. They are americanas and some other breed I will check when I get back from school but I am worried. One is a dark black color and it seems ill. It has a slight crossbeak, and I wil post a picture, and it sleeps all the time when I check on it. I know it seems normal but the rest are running and chirping while it will stand with its head bowed and sometimes laying face down. My mother and I have been dipping its beak in water and it will drink. I haven't seen it eat though. I have tried encouraging in but it only gently pecks my hand when it is empty I am scared because I will be going to school today and I dont know if it will make it. Do the salt cells work? I want it to be able to thive and I am brought to tears with worry. Please help!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Were these new chicks shipped or bought locally? How old are they? Your chick may not be eating, and could be weak, so try some wet feed on her to help. Below is a link to read about crossbeak care. Coccidiosis can be a big problem with chicks coming along after older chicks, since cocci is in the droppings. It usually can start to occur after 2 weeks of age. If the chicks are brand new, then it may be shipping stress or just a weak chick. Electrolyte water should be used, and dip her beak several times an hour all day long would be what I would do for a new chick. Corid (amprollium, Ampromed, Amprol) would be what I would use for treatment of coccidiosis for all chicks at once. Dosage is 2 tsp of the liquid Corid, or 1.5 tsp of the powder, per gallon of water for 5-7 days. Symptoms of coccidiosis are lethargy, extreme weakness, puffing up with neck drawn into shoulders, diarrhea (with or without blood,) and poor appetite. When chicks are very sick, they won't drink the medicine, and need to be fed with a dropper or syringe. Here are some links about cocci and crossbeaks:
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/12/coccidiosis-what-backyard-chicken.html
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/coccidiosis-how-to-treat-it
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/03/scissor-beak-aka-crossed-beak-what-it.html
     
  3. swag1muffins

    swag1muffins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chick did not make it long and I found it dead one morning. Thanks for trying though.
     
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    Sorry for your loss.
     

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