4 week old Austrolorp is sleeping on her neck

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Olda Bat, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. Olda Bat

    Olda Bat Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all - I'm a newbie. Been enjoying and loving my chicks so far! Had active, healthy chicks...until today....my little black Austrolorp appears to be dying...

    I've fed them only organic feed....but scoop the poop 2x a day, change the litter every other day, change the water 3 x a day, clean the food dishes everyday. And, I check their bums. And the other 4 chicks are thriving. She seemed to be too until today.

    She lays down and tries to tuck and curl her neck under her body as far as she can go then lays down on her head/neck. She is pretty lifeless. I removed her from the brooder with the others, but still have her under a heat lamp.

    Is there anything I can do for her? What could it be? Are the other chicks going to get it too?

    THANKS for your help.
    Best,
    Kristie
     
  2. 5Leepy!

    5Leepy! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds like a vitamin deficiency or wry neck. search that in this forum and you'll find lots of info on treating. She needs vitamins and electrolytes ASAP!
     
  3. Olda Bat

    Olda Bat Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much for helping me! I so appreciate it. You are wonderful. I hope I can get her better...
     
  4. 5Leepy!

    5Leepy! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can do it! Don't give up. :)

    Also, put her back with her brooder mates as long as they aren't picking on her. They're social creatures and she'll get lonely.
     
  5. Olda Bat

    Olda Bat Out Of The Brooder

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    You have been our angel! Thank you. Yesterday when I found her that way, I had to leave to hostess my sister's birthday party and couldn't search the forum for her symptoms. After you led us in the right direction, I've given her electrolytes, vitamins, Reiki, love and put her back with her flock this morning and she is MUCH better. Still not normal...but strong enough to be in with the rest. Thank you so much for all your help and advice. We are grateful. I also found your links useful. And, finally, I loved the picture of your coop on your page...I have cow car seat covers...but I like the cow pattern on your coop. Have a wonderful day.
     
  6. 5Leepy!

    5Leepy! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lolololol, our run is twice as big now! And, we have a cow-print mailbox and used to have a baby seat that was cow-print. :) I always wondered if anyone ever looked at my page, now I know! lolololol

    I'm glad she's doing better!!
     
  7. Eggcitedpeeper

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    I'm glad your chick is ok!

    Oh my gosh I just looked at your page too and LOVE the cow print! :D
     

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