In the Brooder
- Mar 1, 2010
When I brought my week old Buff Orpington chicks home on the 28th and checked them for caking the first night, one of them had poo stuck to its belly. It came unstuck with a wet washcloth and I found a pinky-nail-sized raised sore under it. Now clean, I let her be and the sore was smaller and drier in the morning. I wiped her down again that morning and evening. Yesterday afternoon, she was obviously sleeping more than the other chicks and kept getting disturbed by pecking, so I isolated her in a little cardboard box inside the brooder and put Bag Balm on her sore. Next to it, I noticed a soft lump under her skin. She was able to get more rest and seemed perkier this morning. This evening, I put her back with the other chicks for a short time, but she started getting pecked and I put her back in isolation. I also noticed a second, larger soft lump under her skin next to the other one. The lumps are on the right side of her belly. Do chicks get hernias? This is my first experience with chicks and I have no idea what is wrong with Dot. Do you?