Chick doesn't seem to have absorbed yolk, what can I do?!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Knock Kneed Hen, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    I have a 4 day old chick. Noticed last night it wasn't as active as the others. Was picking at food but found it's crop almost empty.
    I moved it into another brooder box with two buddies. I ground up the starter/grower food more just in case. Put electrolytes/vitamins in the water. Thought maybe it's getting crowded out, not getting it's share.

    Just now I noticed that it's lower abdomen, really more the area below the vent, it enlarged. I wonder if it's having trouble absorbing the yolk. It has poop under it's vent so it's pooping. What can I do? I will feed it with a syringe just to keep it going....maybe needs more time.

    Any suggestions? Any thoughts on what's going on? Thanks!
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I am not sure. I think you are doing everything you can. Grinding up the crumbles is the best thing to do. I hope she makes it.
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    You might want to rule out omphalitis/mushy chick syndrome?
     
  4. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    Chick died. Thanks for your responses. I'll look up mushy chick syndrome. So much to learn here. Thanks.
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Oh I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure there is nothing you could have done.
     

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