Baby Chick seems very off. PLEASE HELP

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Familyofchicks, Jun 22, 2017.

  1. Familyofchicks

    Familyofchicks In the Brooder

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    This is my first time raising baby chicks so please don't mind if this question is an easy fix I've been super worried about my 3 week old baby chick. She had a rough hatching because it was so dry that she couldn't kick her way out so we had to help her out of the egg. However, she is eating, drinking, and playing with the older chicks a lot. She is very small compared to Fluffy, a baby chick that was hatching the same time as her. But a couple of days ago I realized she had pasty butt. I cleaned it and she was back on her feet again but everyday she keeps having poop stuck to the little fluff at the end of the vent. She chirps a lot as well which concerns me. She would shiver and chirp so much even when she's out in the sun. I'm worried that she might be calling for help and I don't know what to do. She would chirp quite a lot once she is done playing and eating. I'm so worried for her. Please help!!
     
  2. abraga

    abraga Songster

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    When they have pasty butt..they sometimes stand sorta stiff legged with thier wings out...straining to poo and may have a different type of distress chirp . Also..if u clean thier bum and its wet a bit they will chirp a distress chirp. They may also get a bit chilled if they are wet. Pasty butt can b from temps to hot or cold n the brooder. Put a bit of apple cider in the water. I think its 1 tsp to a quart of water.
     
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  3. EricaCAL

    EricaCAL Chirping

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    Hi there!!! I am a brand new chicken mother this week too!! And one of my little chicks had past butt the past two mornings and she died today. I dont know how long she was pasted-up but I think it killed her cause she was just so little and fragile. I think the pasty butt is a sign of something wrong in their digestive system cause all of my other ones have not had that problem and seem to be thriving.

    I am SO SORRY for what is happening to you cause I was just there about 8 hours ago. My little Blue Laced Wyandotte, Valerie, was very lethargic all morning after I cleaned her pasty butt. I checked on her every 15 minutes and she got more and more wobbly and was just so tired. She also had her wings splayed out while she was under the warming plate and none of the others did that. I took that as another sign she was very sick. I took her out and she basically died in my hands. I rushed her to the feed store where I got her on Tuesday and they were kind but knew she was dead. I didnt want to believe it and was sobbing!!!!!! I had her less than 48 hours.

    I will keep a good thought for your little one!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take care!!!
     
  4. azygous

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    When a chick chirps non-stop, it's a sign all is not well. It can also signify pain. The pasty butt is also a symptom of constipation. Combine the chirping non-stop with chronic pasty butt, and it's likely the chick is backed up.

    Yes, it can die from it. It's imperative to get some mineral oil into it ASAP. If the problem isn't constipation, this isn't going to hurt it. I've had luck getting a chick to sip the oil from a shallow cup or spoon by holding it under its beak. Since mineral oil is clear like water, a chick is apt to drink it. It will work very quickly to open the blockage.

    If the chick won't take the oil voluntarily, dribble some on the side of its beak with your finger or an eye dropper until you know it's gotten some. Do not shoot it into its mouth or it may aspirate it into its lungs.
     
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  5. Familyofchicks

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    I'm so sorry for your lost!! I lost my little baby chick a couple weeks ago as well. It's very depressing because you don't know what to do. I actuallly had her less than 48 hours as well. But I just checked on little Tiny this morning and she seems to be doing fine. Hopefully things don't get bad. I gave her some plain yogurt yesterday before she went off to bed so I hope that did the trick. Thank you for sharing your story with me tho!!!!
     
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  6. Familyofchicks

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    Thank you all for your help!! She's actually doing so much better now. She's not chirping as much and it pooping like a normal baby. She's a little clingy tho haha which I don't mind. She was missing heat. When I put her under the heat lamp she's seems to stop chirping. So I've let her roam around for an hour or two and put her back under the lamp before she starts chirping. So now she actually doesn't need it as much now! I'll post a picture of her so you guys can see!
     

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  7. abraga

    abraga Songster

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    :ya
     
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  8. EricaCAL

    EricaCAL Chirping

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    YAY! So glad she is ok!!!! What a relief that must be! :wee
     
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  9. Familyofchicks

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    It is an amazing relief!!! I thought I was going to lose her but she's a trooper!! Happy dancing 24/7
     

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