Baby chick won't get up. I think she is dying, please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Poliwag, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. Poliwag

    Poliwag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is all limp, she can't move her head. She's still breathing.
    I found the chickens in their box all wet. I left the water in there with them and the light turned off so I guess some fell in the water. They are all dry now and warm. The chick has been very tired as of late and sleeping a lot.

    I don't know what to do. What can I do? Can anyone help me? Please!
     
  2. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    As long as it is warm and dry I think that is probally the best you can do. I hope the best for you. [​IMG]

    If you havn't fixed the problem with the water yet, you can add marbles to a shallow dish or waterer. This way they can drink but not fall in. Good luck and keep us posted.
     
  3. Poliwag

    Poliwag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She died in my hands a few moments ago. I think she died from dry poo stuck to the inside of her butt. I tried to get it off but I was too late [​IMG]
     
  4. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    Oh I'm sorry [​IMG] It happens to everyone sooner or later. Sorry I didn't see this sooner I had to run to town. [​IMG]
     
  5. Poliwag

    Poliwag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another chicken is now starting to act the same way as the one that died starting acting earlier. This one doesn't seem to have anything covering her butt though. She seems very tired and weak. She keeps putting her head on the ground as though she hasn't the strength to keep it up all the time.

    What could this mean? Is she sick? Did the one that died have an illness that spread? The other chickens are active and are eatting and drinking. What should I do?
     
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  6. big red chicken

    big red chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what causes pasty butt? and what do you do for it
     
  7. chickenhick

    chickenhick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:ANything can cause it: stress, poor diet, too hot, too cold....its just runny poo stuck to their vents and prevents them from pooping. YOu must get it off, or they will eventually die. The best way is with a warm wet washcloth. Just keep wiping gently until the poo comes off. Or you can try dipping their little butts in warm water until the poo softens and comes off. Don't feed sugar water. Give them some yogurt and some chick crumbles mashed with some water for a while. They shoudl be fine.
     
  8. Poliwag

    Poliwag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chicken is now lying on the floor, unable to move herself. She is going to die like the other one very soon I just know it [​IMG]

    Why won't anyone help me? Is this an illness? Will the others die eventually as well?
     
  9. NotTheMomma

    NotTheMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Maybe just from getting wet and chilled and was too much for their tiny system.

    Are they warm now? Will they drink warm sugar water?

    I don't think disease since they were OK before getting wet.

    I'm very sorry. I dont knwo what else to offer. HUGGLES!
     
  10. Poliwag

    Poliwag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The first one to die was acting very drained and tired for a while before getting wet. Which is why I am worried. I am worried about my other chickens catching it and dying as well.

    Also, the second chicken died only moments after I posted my last message.

    The rest of the chickens are now all outside and I plan to completely sterilize the box they were in just to be on the safe side.

    They are all moving around and don't seem to be sick.
     

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