3 week old chick with labored breathing

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bravo, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. Bravo

    Bravo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2009
    1) What type of bird , age and weight.

    Ameraucana LF, 3 weeks old

    2) What is the behavior, exactly.

    Breathing is labored and raspy sounding. Almost sounds as if the chick is congested

    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?

    Just noticed them today

    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?

    There are 5 chicks in the brooder, and only one other is showing symptoms.

    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.


    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.

    I have no idea. They have never been outside or exposed to any other birds. They are active, eating and chirping around the brooder.

    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.

    Medicated chick starter and water with ACV. Chick starter is provided in a feeder and each night I feed them chopped hard boiled egg and/or a chick starter wet mash with chopped egg and yogurt.

    Food and water containers are washed and changed daily.

    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.


    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?

    Nothing--I dont know where to start

    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?

    Any help--I'd like to cure the bird even if that means going to the vet.

    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help. N/A

    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use

    Pine shavings. After I noticed the breathing problem I cleaned the brooder and replaced the bedding with a clean towel.

    Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.
  2. Bravo

    Bravo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2009
  3. tamtam84

    tamtam84 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2010
    SE Missouri
    I don't know what to suggest, but I have an almost 2-year old hen with the same symptoms. I've been searching on the forum and can't figure out what is wrong with her. I did find a thread where using VetRx was suggested to help with breathing and congestion. From what I understand, it's sort of like Vick's Vapo-Rub for chickens. My local Buchheit's has it in stock so I plan to get some and try it out to see if it helps my hen with her congestion and breathing.

    Good luck! Hopefully someone else who has dealt with this type of problem can shed some light on it and give some helpful tips or suggestions.

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