chick, 3 weeks old, vent rear end contracting continuously

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DAYDRINKER, Mar 18, 2015.

  1. DAYDRINKER

    DAYDRINKER Out Of The Brooder

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    I have four chicks in the brooder. All the same age. One chick is almost half the size of the other three and it's vent/ tail /rear end seem to contract almost continuously. The vent is clear. Her behavior is otherwise unremarkable.
    Any ideas?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I wonder if it is constipated. I'd probably try dropper feeding a little water olong the side of the beak, so it pulls it into its mouth. Are you having a problem with the waterer filling with litter, or their pooping in it?
     
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    There were issues with shavings in water but I'm sure this behavior started in the first week, while I still had them on towel. She is eating and drinking.
     
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    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Some chicks eat more shavings than others, too, but they no doubt all get some. Maybe this one is eating too many shavings?

    You could try a tsp or two of molasses in the water. I understand it's a mild laxative, and since its sweet, it shouldn't discourage them from drinking.

    Also, being too warm will dehydrate them. They should really have a brooder big enough that it has warm and cool places. Different chicks will prefer different temps. Maybe just raise the heat lamp some.
     
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    thanks for the ideas
     

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