Chicks in Trouble, Failure to Thrive?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by El Pollo Guapo, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. El Pollo Guapo

    El Pollo Guapo Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, all.
    We have three chick, 4 weeks old today, that are doing very poorly. All are much smaller and have less feather development than their brooder-buddies.
    Over the last few days 2 ( a buff orp and a barred rock) have been progressively wobbly, seldom stand and fall over backwards.
    Poop looks fine, eyes are clear, they sleep alot.
    They've been in a separate brooder for 2 days with vits, electrolytes, and a ton of babying, and no sign of improvement.
    Could this be genetic?
    Thanks, Mike.
     
  2. BunkyB

    BunkyB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, you are doing all the right things that's for sure. How is the eating and drinking with the 3? You got me there on the genetics part. I would almost think yes if they are cross bred, but rarely have I run across that knowingly. Keep doing what you are doing for a few more days with the separation . Warmth, water and feed, along with your TLC. Maybe they will snap out of the wobblies and perk up.. Rooting for you..... Steve
     
  3. Coupe

    Coupe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It could be mereks.
    Do they seem "drunk"?
     
  4. El Pollo Guapo

    El Pollo Guapo Out Of The Brooder

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    When they stand, yes. Very unsteady, tend to fall backwards onto their butts.
     
  5. chicklvrbruce

    chicklvrbruce New Egg

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    dealing with the same in a partridge rock. mine is the larger of 2 sisters and is developing but slowed down on eating and became very sedate. all else seems to be just fine. just crossing my fingers and hoping to not lose her. good luck with yours, post any changes, please
     
  6. Coupe

    Coupe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should look up mereks, just incase
    .hopefully it is not that.
     
  7. El Pollo Guapo

    El Pollo Guapo Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies.
    I honestly don't think it's mekeks (maybe wishful thinking).
    Today they seem to be doing better, our buff a bit more steady, more alert.
    The barred rock still wobbly, but threw one heck of a flapping, cheeping conniption fit when I picked her up tonight.
    Our other 16 will be in their coop this weekend, I'm going to give these little girls more time [​IMG]

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    And yes, that's our table... I'm in big trouble (but only sort of [​IMG] ).
     
  8. El Pollo Guapo

    El Pollo Guapo Out Of The Brooder

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    Curious, are you giving any meds or supplements?
     
  9. Sandstorm495

    Sandstorm495 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe it was some kind of disease that spread through the whole flock when you got them. Hope they get better soon, just keep them warm and dry!
     
  10. El Pollo Guapo

    El Pollo Guapo Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, babydoo.
    They do seem perkier tonight. At this rate, they'll have a flat screen t.v. on their brooder by Sunday!
    I did bump their heat up tonight, back to 80, and the vitamins, egg and yogurt seem to helping. *fingers crossed*
     

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