In the Brooder
- Nov 27, 2020
Hi this chick was given to me to replace another chick that I was sold that was supposed to be a hen but I was told on here was likely a cockerel. I believe the chick in question may be a young, 2-3 weekish(?) Rhode Island Red and her weight seems normal (she’s eating and drinking and moving around relatively normally). I noticed that she was keeping her left eye closed a lot and it was watery and slightly grey when she had it opened and her feathers were matted on her left backside. I don’t think she was doing it for very long before I noticed but I noticed on Friday. I haven’t noticed any of the other 4 chicks with her with any symptoms. No broken bones. I suspected possibly mites or lice so I gave them a little dust bath bowl with a DE and sand mixture and dusted the afflicted chick with the mixture and started using a Q-tip to apply triple-antibiotic ointment (without pain relief) outside her shut left eye. I haven’t noticed any bloody or runny poop with her. I hope to just treat her in-house as I’m not aware of vets in my area that would see a chick but I also wouldn’t know how to start looking for one exactly who has knowledge of poultry. I’m using pine shavings as bedding, and they’re eating a medicated chick starter.