Chick suffering

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by teachumusic, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. teachumusic

    teachumusic In the Brooder

    Apr 14, 2007
    I feel really bad. One of my 5 day old chicks is really sick. Her one eye is swollen shut. I have been forcing her to drink. Even had her drink some gatoraide to get something more than just water. She started to get really limp.

    It's been more than 24 hours. Poor baby. She is completely limp and barely breathing. Her poo is watery and VERY smelly. I have her seperated from the others.

    Is there something else I can do or do I just let her continue to lay there and suffer???

    It is hard to watch her lay there. The others that died went quick...maybe an hour or two. This one is holding on.
  2. johnny_smith09

    johnny_smith09 In the Brooder

    Apr 14, 2007
    Norfork, AR
    i dk maybe it could live you never know. just wait and see what happens...
  3. Orpingtonlover

    Orpingtonlover In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2007
    i would say she is most likely going to pass but i cant be sure just keep her warm and see i wish you luck
  4. djwingo

    djwingo In the Brooder

    Mar 11, 2007
    Kellyville, Oklahoma
    aww poor baby keep her wrapped up and warm sounds crazy but talk to her in a soothing voice alot it may help [​IMG] good luck
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Has she eaten at all?
    Even if you make up a bit of oatmeal and put a tiny bit on the end of her beak...and see if she'll eat it.
    It breaks my heart that shipping is so hard on the little babies...
  6. teachumusic

    teachumusic In the Brooder

    Apr 14, 2007

    This is so sad...poor little gal...she's a fighter and still hanging on...
  7. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

    Mar 10, 2007
    Southern Wisconsin
    Ok, I guess I'll be the meany. [​IMG] If you know she is suffering and by this point, I really doubt she'll pull threw and live anything near a meaningful life, you should be humane and end her suffering and pain. If she is unable to eat or drink, and is barely able to breathe, she is suffering. Personally, if it were me, I would humanely end her pain. Sorry to put it that way, but thats what I would do in your shoes. [​IMG] Sorry.
  8. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I would say...I have to agree with 4 H. Dont let it suffer. If its not eating, or drinking...its just not fair to the poor little thing. Its hard to do...but humane!
  9. fowlweatherfriends

    fowlweatherfriends Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    The Sunny South
    barely breathing
    swollen eye
    not eating
    runny smelly poo...
    = put baby out of misery

    most likely suffering at this point.
    I am so sorry your baby is like that, her prognosis is not good and the chances of recovery very slim.
    I'm sorry [​IMG]
  10. MoonGoddess

    MoonGoddess Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    Philly, PA
    What exactly do you do in a situation like that to humanely euthanize?
    I hate to bring that up on the board, but it's been something very much on my mind as well. I know there will be a time I'm faced with a similar situation.

    If it's better to let me know via, please do.


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