can't breathe or can't poop *UPDATED* she died

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Ellie, Aug 24, 2007.

  1. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    One of my little chicks (3 days old) keeps opening her mouth and in a rythmic way, looks like she is having trouble breathing or pooping. I cleaned her little butt at 2am and she promptly pooped.

    She is still doing it though. I made her drink water... she just sits there with this open/close open/close the beak.

    What else can I do for her?

    UPDATE: Thanks for the help. She died the second day I had her. Her little rear was clear but her umbilical cord was strange. She just could not do it. I felt bad but at least she was only a few days old. I separated her and held her and loved her...

    Last edited: Aug 26, 2007
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Definately keep cleaning her bottom. They can get poop stuck on so much that they can't poop any more and that can kill them... has a great free booklet you can download for chick care.

    Here's a direct link to the page on chick care. It talks all about keeping them warm, pasting up and other common problems too.

  3. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    It isn't TOO Warm is it?? Chickens will do this when hot...I assumer chicks would too!
  4. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Thanks, I will keep cleaning. I clean it until I can see it working and clear. It seems to be clear of anything. She did have a little line of goo coming out and I took it off and cleaned a little more.

    I don't think it is too hot. It is 80.8 in there right now and they are spread out and having fun eating and playing...all except for her.

    Thanks again,

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