Chick is dying...*New Question about culling*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Griffox, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. Griffox

    Griffox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 5 day old chick is gasping for air (not panting) and peeping loudly like it's in pain. Right now I have it cupped under my chin b/c it seems to calm it down and quiet it's frantic peeping. All the other chicks are fine. Is it too late for antibiotics to work on this little one? Is there anything I can do to make it more comfortable? I have a feeling it's not going to make it, but I hate watching it suffer.
     
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2008
  2. Griffox

    Griffox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I changed the subject...this little chick is going downhill fast
     
  3. mrsengeseth

    mrsengeseth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Gosh, at this point it I really don't know. If its as bad as it sounds you may just have to do what you can do to make it comfortable. You may even want to concider mercy culling.

    Waiting to see what others might think. Good luck.
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If you don't know if it is a bacterial infection, antibiotics would be useless either way.

    Since the little guy is under a week old, and all others are doing fine, could just be failure to thrive. Could be genetic, could be plugged up somewhere inside, could just not be meant to be. So don't take it too hard. If it really looks like it is in pain and you don't see it making it, culling might be an option.
     
  5. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I agree with silkiechicken and I think a mercy cull might be the best option. Poor little guy. [​IMG]
     
  6. lovemychix

    lovemychix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck!! Don't give up I had one like that and it's doing fine now and huge.
     
  7. Griffox

    Griffox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ...how exactly do I go about culling? I'm not really sure what my options are.
     
  8. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    With one that age...a pair of sharp scissors will do the trick. Just hand chickie over an open plastic bag and snip the head off. It is fast, humane and there is not a bunch of blood.

    Good luck to you and little one.
     
  9. Griffox

    Griffox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I put the chick to bed last night, I thought for sure it would be gone by this morning. Well, it's not and it doesn't look good.

    I have an expired syringe with horse tranq. (I think sedivet) would 1/2 cc s/q take it out quietly? I'm afraid my scissors aren't sharp enough.
     
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2008
  10. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Tranq would probably do it. If I have to cull the little ones I just break the neck. Use your thumb and index finger and a quick crush of the neck with a sharp twist will dispatch it instantly.
    Poor little guy. Always hard to see things like that. And sorry to you for having to go through it. It is never fun.
     

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