Baby chick throwing up water?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by crait, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. crait

    crait Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When my week old chick drinks water, she doesn't go back down for another sip as fast as my other chick. I thought maybe she just likes to savor the crisp taste in her mouth or something.
    I also noticed that she always makes a crowing gesture as though she was an adult but doesn't make a sound. I've always thought that was just her yawning or something.
    Just a second ago I saw her throw a little bit of water back up and drink it after she took a drink and still didn't go back down for another.
    Is this normal?
    Do I need to add something into her diet?
    Is she too excited and stressed?
     
  2. Renee

    Renee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think it's normal, but I don't know if you need to do anything about it. Is there any reason she would be excited and stressed? Does her poop appear to be normal?
     
  3. crait

    crait Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her poop is fine and I've been handling them constantly.
     
  4. kees

    kees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    Could she be aspirating the water?

    Suzy

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    Last edited: Mar 20, 2009
  5. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    What have you all given them to eat...just chick starter or other things? Are they on paper towel? Or other bedding?
     
  6. crait

    crait Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've just given them starter feed and they're on wood shavings as bedding.
    Ya' know, the kind for hamsters and such.

    Quote:If you mean that word to say removing excess water through the mouth, then maybe. She's been drinking more than her sister.
     
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If it's cedar, I would remove it immediately. That oils are toxic for chicks and can make them gasp.

    Kiln dried pine shavings are ok, but they should be covered for several days until the chick finds the food dish. This will keep them from eating the wood shavings and the shavings getting impacted in the crop, causing them to choke.
     
  8. crait

    crait Chillin' With My Peeps

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    http://tlchorsebedding.com/
    This
    is the savings I use.
    They're pine but maybe they've been eaten by my chicken when she was bored.
    I think I'm going to switch to paper shredding just in case.
     
  9. Cameron03

    Cameron03 Out Of The Brooder

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    My week old harlequin is doing the same thing? was yours ok?
    this is my first time raising fowl. I have a welsh harlequin and a barred rock chick
     
  10. norm girl

    norm girl New Egg

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    One of my chicks are doing the same , but it's on paper towel bedding.
     

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