baby chick gasping for air

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Yvonnes, Jun 18, 2016.

  1. Yvonnes

    Yvonnes New Egg

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    Hi, I have a week old Barred Rock baby chick, that just started to gasp for air, it's not eating or drinking. Gave some molasses water and garlic with vitamins. Does anyone know what is wrong with chick. All the rest of the chicks are looking good.
     
  2. gmatson

    gmatson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It might have something stuck in its throat. A little olive oil might help it slide down.
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    I would NEVER put anything in the mouth of an animal that is "gasping". The gasp tells you that there may be problems with air exchange. If this is the problem, introducing any liquid could cause an aspiration, and literally drown the animal. Are you positive that the chick is not too warm? Even though the rest are acting ok, this one might be more heat sensitive. Without seeing it, it would be impossible to tell what is going on, and even then, most likely, I'd be guessing. You might take your post to the "disease and injury/emergency forum.
     
  4. NewBostonChick

    NewBostonChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just had a chick with spay legs and it kept opening it's beak, like it was in distress.. I gave it 3-4 drops of ploy vi sol for a week and the chick is doing great now! Perhaps is needing some extra nutrients....
     
  5. newchickshelp13

    newchickshelp13 Just Hatched

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    My chick was doing the same thing last night. But today it seems just fine[​IMG]
     

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