Baby chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by andi13, Jul 23, 2014.

  1. andi13

    andi13 In the Brooder

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    Hey all. I am new to raising chicks, we just got our first flock today. They are so active and making lots of peeping noises, but we have one chick that looks to be a week or two older than the others. It looks like it is breathing heavier than the rest, or possibly panting...it keeps opening and closing it's mouth and shaking it's head. Is this something I should be concerned about? Did the store sell me a sick chick? Should I keep it away from the others? I really am not too sure what to do. Any advice would be very much appreciated!
     

  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    If all your chicks came from the same place, it's likely anything contagious would already have spread to them. IS this problem chick a good eater, active otherwise etc? Is your weather hot right now? Is he a different breed? Some are less tolerant of hot weather than other breeds.

    If he opens his mouth often and also shakes his head, I am wondering if he might have gape worms? You can check for it by using a long cotton swab and gently swabbing the back of his throat. Don't let go of the swab. If is comes out with some red or even wiggly worms on it - then you have a positive ID.

    Head shaking can also indicate a problem with the ears. It would not hurt to post in detail, age ,symptoms, how long he has been this way, etc. at "emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures," thread.

    Do contact the store and tell them what is going on? They may very well have sold you a sick chick.
     
  3. Frindizzle

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  4. andi13

    andi13 In the Brooder

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    Thanks that's very helpful. I just got her today and she is a different breed from the other three. She is an ameraucana and I would guess she is about three weeks old. The other ones are almost two weeks and she is bigger and has more feathers. It is hot here today was low 90's. She hardly shakes her head it's the panting that concerns me the most but I thought I would just add the head shaking because I've seen it once or twice. I really just don't want to lose her! Thanks for your help I'll try posting in the other forum!
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    She is too young for gape worm. But she could be panting due to the heat. Chicks can't yet regulate their internal heating and cooling systems. And 90 is a bit hot for a 3 week old chick. So get them into cooler temps, or use fans, hose the area down, ice in the water fonts, cool treats, even ice packs inside a box to hang out in works well. Here is a thread on keeping your birds cool in the summer heat...https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/899082/keeping-chickens-cool-in-the-summer

    If you still have issues going on after this, you might post this in our emergency section for more help...https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures

    So glad you could join our community and welcome to our flock!
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Yes, 90 is too hot for three week chicks. Put her in a cooler place or give her cool thing to sit next to such as frozen water bottles.

    Two Crows has given you some great links.

    Good luck!
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! You've gotten some good suggestions and links above, good luck with your chicks.
     

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