6 week old chick problem

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LawGray17, Nov 20, 2017.

  1. LawGray17

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    Hey guys, I have 2 6 week okd chicks that have recently behaving strange/sick. They are both lethargic and puffed up. They do move around occasionally, but I realized they are now feeling skinny. They seem to be eating and drinking. I started taking them outside so they can move out permanently and left them out one night and temperature was about 37F. Could that night have affected them in any way? They stopped using heat lamp at about 4 weeks and were at room temperature. Or could they have come in contact with worms? I don't want to lose them so any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. WhiteWyan

    WhiteWyan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so sorry to hear this. Do they have any other 6-week olds with them? Have you examined their droppings?
    We're they vaccinated for anything and/or given medicated feed?
     
  3. LawGray17

    LawGray17 New Egg

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    Well these are the only 2 that made it through incubation. I have other ones but they are older than these 2. Their droppings seem fine, nothing unusual about them and they didn't receive any shots, they are on medicated chick starter. I am thinking on worming them to see if they get any better. At times they act normal and suddenly stand around with puffy feathers, its just the weight loss that makes me think its worms.


     
  4. peeper89

    peeper89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    u got pics?
    may be they got the coccidosis or they to cold they not climated to bein outdoor yet if they only been at room tepeture.
     
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    WhiteWyan Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Ashley McDaniel

    Ashley McDaniel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a tricky one, but you seem like you're going in the right direction. I don't feel it was the cold temperatures, only because you said they seem skinner. I would try to keep checking their droppings, and go with the worming meds. Best of luck, keep us posted.
     
  7. chickens really

    chickens really True BYC Addict

    Sounds more like Coccidiosis....Pick up Corrid...Young Chicks don't become worm invested that fast...
     
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  8. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    Why would anyone worm a less than 6 week old chick? I agree it sounds like coccidosis. 6 week old chicks still need heat. Good luck.
     
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  9. chickens really

    chickens really True BYC Addict

    Don't really need heat if acclimated to the temps..
     
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  10. chickadoodles

    chickadoodles True BYC Addict

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    I agree it's likely Cocci and this time of year chicks still need heat at that age. I kept mine in heat until they were fully feathered.
    Good luck with your little ones.
     

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