Chicks smell like sour milk HELP *Update*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JupiterFarmer, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. JupiterFarmer

    JupiterFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    3 of our 28 chicks smell like sour milk. They are eating and pooping. The smell seems to come from inside them. Is there anything I can do to help em?
     
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  2. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
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    Seperate those smelly ones and see if they have any other symptoms. Are their butts clean or pasty? Do they have odd colored poopies?
     
  3. JupiterFarmer

    JupiterFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Their poops are normal and they kinda seem sluggish but that could be because this is the time they start sleeping.

    Is this sour coup? their crops feel normal though
     
  4. JupiterFarmer

    JupiterFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ack I feel bad for not posting this earlier now
     
  5. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
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    Sounds like sour croup to me, but I haven't had to treat for it.
     
  6. Orpington Poultry

    Orpington Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, How old are the chicks. In my experience the birds do not come down with sour crop till they are 3-6 months of age.
    Usually at the point of lay.

    What are you feeding the chicks.

    Another thing, if you hang the chick upside down, massaging the crop, does any liquid come out?
    Smell?
    Color?

    Thanks,
    K.
     
  7. JupiterFarmer

    JupiterFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They are only two weeks old and feathering out

    Chick starter is there food but I do take them outside for about 20 minutes to scratch up the grass for a bit.

    No liquid came out even with a full crop, but when they breathe the odor is quite noticible of milk gone sour
     
  8. orchidchick

    orchidchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can try adding a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to a gallon of water for their water supply. You have to remember we are in Florida where the bacteria and fungus runs rampant year round.as nothing ever freezes. If you are on well, your water may be super soft as well and loaded with salt. You may want to try some bottled spring water for a few days.

    Good luck,
    Orchidchick
     
  9. Orpington Poultry

    Orpington Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great that no liquid came out. If everything else seems fine, what goes in and what comes out is normal. Chicks are active and happy, sounds like not a big deal at this point.
    Be cautious about letting them on the ground at such an early age.

    K.
     
  10. JupiterFarmer

    JupiterFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We only give the chicks tap water and Any ideas of where to find apple cider vinger? Will the local publix have it?
     

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