chick having trouble breathing

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kiki, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. kiki

    kiki New Egg

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    My week old dominique chick is working hard at breathing. Her poop is a little sticky looking, and her wings are drooping at her side . She looks exhausted but I can't see anything else wrong with her, she is passive when I pick her up, doesn't try to run away and her eyes are open. There are pine shavings as bedding with the chicks. No signs of trauma. Could something be stuck in her throat?
     
  2. snowydiamonds

    snowydiamonds Chillin' With My Peeps

    probably her crop, once that is working well, she will quit gaping for breath. massage, give her some grit asap and see if that clears it up fast...
     
  3. kiki

    kiki New Egg

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    I haven't seen her eat in a while. I just gave her a dropper of water and I can hear a sort of tick, tck sound when she is breathing. Should I massage her and then see if she'll eat?
    Thanks so much for the response.
     
  4. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It could be that it inhaled something, but other possibilities are that the chick has a lung infection or that the temperature in the brooder is too warm. If the temperature is too warm then most likely you would see other chicks with the same behavior.





    Chel
     
  5. kiki

    kiki New Egg

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    Well, everyone else is very perky, so , I don't know what to think. Can you dropper feed a chick? If so, do you mix it to a liquid form?
     
  6. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
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    Have you thoroughly checked your brooder and feed for signs of moisture or mold?
     
  7. kiki

    kiki New Egg

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    Yes, I believe it's fine.
    The chicks are in a cardboard box.
     
  8. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

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    At a week old, I would either dropper feed her or use a straw with your finger on one end to control the flow. I would just feed her sugar water for now and not force feed. Dribble a little on her beak and she should start swallowing - be sure not to give her too much or she may aspirate.

    I have no idea what the cause of this is though - maybe someone else can offer more information in that area.

    I am crossing my fingers for you and your chick [​IMG]

    Penny
     
  9. kiki

    kiki New Egg

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    Thank you so much. I am giving her drops of water. I'll try the sugar water
    next. She doesn't seem to have anything in her crop. When I massaged her some water bubbled back up.
     
  10. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    Enfamil Poly-vi-sol is very good for buying time. 3 drops on the beak twice a day. Don't get the one with added iron.
     

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