4 week old keet pecked and really sick- what do I do?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by louiseoz, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. louiseoz

    louiseoz Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 27, 2014
    Hello folks!
    I am new to this so any help would be so appreciated! I picked up two four week old keets from a breeder yesterday and when i got them home one has obviously been pecked really badly. He had a wound near the base of tail the feathers (and had lost some), had laboured breathing, was 'puffed up' and generally was no where near as flighty and energetic as it mate. I made sure it had access to food,water, warmth etc but he does not seem to be improving. After a few hours I cleaned the wound very gently and popped him back into the brooder but I don't think he is drinking or eating. i've even tried offering some scrambled eggs and some mushed up chicken starter hoping he would give that a go. Is there anything else I can do? The other keet seems to be fine. Thank you in advance! p.s Oh and I do believe that the breeder didn't realise that one of the keets was not 100%.
  2. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you join us [​IMG]

    Sounds like you should take the sick one back [​IMG]


    Alright sounds a little sick that explains the being pecked on,
    so you need to get some Probiotic & Electrolyte to add to the
    water then cook up some egg's with out shells and mash up
    good and feed as the egg has every thing your keet's need
    and give this to all of them till thy eat it all [​IMG]

    See if this helps over the next couple of days but personally
    I would take back the sick one ....

    gander007 [​IMG]
  3. louiseoz

    louiseoz Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 27, 2014
    Thank you so much gander007!! Is there a special Probiotic & Electrolyte solution / powder that I would buy from a pet store or can I just use a tiny amount of the human ones (sorry if that is a stupid question!). I would normally take back the sick bird but I don't think the breeder has any more at the moment and as I want to get them (once healthy!) integrated with some chooks of the same age, I may as well give this my best shot. Thank you for your fast reply today too :)
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I would contact the breeder and ask for her suggestions/help - this also gives her the opportunity to know you are having problems with her bird - and maybe compensate with another at a future time.
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us! I would contact the breeder and see what he/she has to say about this.
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    X2 on taking this one back. Birds instinctively know when a flock mate is sick. It is their job to run off any sick birds so as to protect the flock from predators and disease. In the mean time, you can add human grade probiotics to the water. Just open a powdered capsule and pour it into a quart waterer. Mix it well. Change the water daily and add new probios.

    Good luck with your new brood and I hope you can resolve this soon. [​IMG]
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Hope your keet gets better.
  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! Definitely contact the breeder and let them know the situation, that's not right.
  9. louiseoz

    louiseoz Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 27, 2014
    Thank you all so much! I did contact the breeder again but the keet died this morning. The other one however is very healthy.
    This website is fantastic too- what a wealth of information! :)

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