Baby chick head pulled in and not acting right

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Casteele4real, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. Casteele4real

    Casteele4real Hatching

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    Just noticed that I have 2 chicks that looked puffed and heads pulled in.
    Checked their crop and it felt fine.
    What could this be??
     
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  2. Wyorp Rock

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    Hi @Casteele4real :frow

    How old are your chicks?
    Can you provide some photos of the chicks and their poop?
    How are they housed - brooder with heat? What's the temperature?

    Chicks puffed up with the head pulled in makes me think of Coccidiosis.
    Do you have any Corid on hand?
     
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  3. Tycine1

    Tycine1 Songster

    x2 Especially about Coccidiosis

    How does their belly button look? How about their vent?
    chickbellybuttonvsvent.jpg

    You mentioned that you checked their crops, but did you check the other end? Do they have dirty butts? If so, they could have what's known as 'pasty butt', no really, that's what they call it! If they have pasty butt, GENTLY wash their behinds until all the poop is gone, then dry them well with a towel and with a blow dryer on low if you have one. One cause of pasty butt is too much heat in the brooder. Best of luck on your babies, keep us posted. Pictures of chicks both front and back and pictures of poop are very helpful.
     
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  4. Casteele4real

    Casteele4real Hatching

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  6. Wyorp Rock

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    Hi @Casteele4real
    Thank you for the photo.
    Since you have Corid on hand, I would go ahead and treat for Coccidiosis.
    Dosage is 1 1/2 teaspoons Corid powder or 2 teaspoons of 9.6% Corid liquid per gallon of water.
    Give for 5-7 days - make sure this is the ONLY water available during that time period. Mix a fresh batch at least once a day.

    I would treat all the chicks.
     

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