Chick seems to be breathing heavy...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DFCottage, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. DFCottage

    DFCottage Songster

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    Hi all,
    I've got a beautiful little cochin chick, 4 weeks old, who has been slow to feather out, and a smaller than the others. Everyone else is 2-3x as big. She's eating and drinking just fine, acting totally normal, but sometimes I catch her opening her beak in time with her breathing rate. Temp is at 80 degrees, no other chicks acting funny.
    Ideas? Thanks!!!!!
     
  2. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Songster

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    http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/poultry/factsheets/31.html

    Towards
    the bottom under signs of healthy chickens you will see that healthy adult birds breath through their beaks a 100 degrees F and healthy chicks do this at 85 degrees F. Seeing as how your chick is so small, she may just be breathing that way at a bit lower temperature since she seems healthy otherwise. I hope so! Best wishes! [​IMG]
     
  3. Ron

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    Just don't let him near a 'phone!!!!!
     
  4. DFCottage

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    Sadly, I came home today and the poor little thing had died [​IMG] The temp was fine, she just might have been too stressed or sick beyond what I knew was going on inside to live. Shame too.. she was feathering out to be what looked like a splash cochin!

    Well, glad to have 27 others to love on.
     
  5. Texas Fluffy Feet

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    I am sorry your little chick did not make it. [​IMG]
     

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