9 Week Old Chick Seeking Heat??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rodriguezpoultry, May 17, 2009.

  1. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK

    I've done chickens for quite awhile but have never seen something like this.

    My Langshan pullet is 9 weeks old. I have a "feeling" she got chilled and was kept away from feed from the broodies that are in the "chick hut". The hut has been divided now, but the Langshan chick is sitting under the heat lamp non stop. She hasn't eaten, hasn't drank and keeps her eyes closed. When she does open them, they seem "puffy" and are definitely watery.

    I have used some VetRx to see if that would help, but she has no upper respiratory symptoms?

    Here is what she has done the past 2 days:
    Walk around with eyes closed.
    Walk near food, then turn around and go back to sitting under the heat lamp.

    There are 4 other birds in with her that are all doing very well. No issues at all with them. None of the others are seeking out heat like she is. She is completely feathered.

    I will be taking her back to my apartment this week, so if there are any ideas???
  2. debakadeb

    debakadeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2008
    SW Indiana
    I wonder if she somehow got something in her eye that irritated it. Can you wash her eyes and see if that helps? Hope you get an answer soon.
  3. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK
    Yes, I flushed them both out with eye drops. Still no change...

    Thanks for the well-wishes!
  4. shay20

    shay20 Shay's Flock of Fun

    Jul 31, 2008
    in the wild, Mass
    Ok , sounds like what im going through, but not as bad yet,
    so get some baby food, mix it with water and you will have to force feed her. use a syringe. Sounds like she is weak from dehydration. has she been drinking enough?

    When they get dehydrated, they dont have the energy to eat and need heat.
    Last edited: May 17, 2009

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