Chick has watery eyes and lethargic

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by callieisspooky, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. callieisspooky

    callieisspooky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just bought some 5-day old chicks, and one looks sick to me. Her eyes are half-closed and watery, and she seems just a bit lethargic. Is there a treatment I can try without involving a vet? Maybe antibiotic ointment to her eyes? She's already on medicated feed.
     
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  2. Elky

    Elky Out Of The Brooder

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    Put electrolytes in their water keep them fed and watered. I will leave other ideas to others who know more, but good luck with your babies!
     
  3. wsmith77

    wsmith77 Out Of The Brooder

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    does it look like the chick is having difficulty breathing?
     
  4. callieisspooky

    callieisspooky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, breathing is normal, as far as I can tell.
     
  5. callieisspooky

    callieisspooky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She just acts like her eyes are seriously bothering her.
     
  6. callieisspooky

    callieisspooky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Update, in case anyone is interested: applied bacitracin ointment to her eyes, and gave her liquid antibiotic via water. I had to dip her beak in the water to get her to drink since she had no interest on her own and couldn't see the water dish. She showed improvement within 24 hours - eating and drinking on her own, and eyes open and functional. She is on medicated chick starter too, now that she's eating it. [​IMG]
     

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