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7 week old chick threw up something purple, what do I do?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by zowie214, Feb 2, 2017.

  1. zowie214

    zowie214 Just Hatched

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    My 7 week old banty chick just threw up some purplish-pinkish liquid and a small purple blob. The chicks were just moved to a new location but should not have had access to anything chicks shouldn't eat. My boyfriend gave them a tomato and they have a seed mix that's mixed with their chick starter. He doesn't seem to be drinking an excessive amount of water, they were moved to a different house and have been separated from me, who's been their primary caregiver and the person they've most socialized with. They seem upset and confused about the change, but I don't think they should have health problems from that.
     
  2. Little Fuzzy

    Little Fuzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure sounds like it ate something it shouldn't have. Did you investigate the blob? Pinking liquid not blood?
     
  3. zowie214

    zowie214 Just Hatched

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    It's definitely pink. My best guess is maybe a seed was stuck in his crop and he threw it up to dislodge it?
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Pink or purple?
    Tomatoes are pinkish.

    Did you get a pic?
    Good thing to do when you see something weird it to take pic with a quarter in the view for scale.
     
  5. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Are your chicks getting grit? Or at least are they exposed to natural soil so they can find small gravel bits for their gizzards?

    This is a common reason why chicks vomit up stuff they've eaten. If they have no grit, they cannot digest some foods.
     
  6. zowie214

    zowie214 Just Hatched

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    Yes they have grit mixed in with their starter. It was a couple of days ago now so no I don't have a picture . The liquid was a light pink color and the thing the chick threw up was a dark purple. He's been fine since then, but it was still concerning. I do think the purple object looked kind of like one of the small seeds in their food but I can't prove that really, it's just a guess .
     
  7. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Try not to worry. As long as the chick in question is behaving normally, pooping normally, eating normally, the vomiting may have just been due to an over-full crop. Chicks can be quite the pigs in case you haven't noticed.
     

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