Constipated chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by NewHenMom, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. NewHenMom

    NewHenMom Hatching

    Apr 21, 2008

    My 5-week-old chick is having trouble pooping and showing swelling in the anus. They've just been moved outside and I've been washing the area and applying tripple antibiotic cream to the area. She's eating and drinking, but I don't know what else to do. Help, I don't want to loose her.
  2. chickiepoo

    chickiepoo Songster

    Jun 28, 2007
    coastal South Carolina
    How long have they been outside, and what are they being fed? If they are outside, I assume they are free ranging to some degree?
    And when you say "trouble pooping" do you mean she is trying to poop and can't at all? Is she pooping a little bit with straining? Is the poop different than usual-color, odor, blood?
    I don't really think I can help, but these answers should help someone who knows more than me understand what might be going on.

    In any case is sounds like you are doing the right things at the moment.
    Good luck! I'll keep checking back to see how it goes.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2008
  3. NewHenMom

    NewHenMom Hatching

    Apr 21, 2008
    Thanks for the reply.

    Right now they are in our enclosed ventilated green-house with straw on the floor while their coop is being finished. They're still on their starter feed and I've been adding in some mild table scraps (lettuce, muffins).

    She can poop a little but with straining and now swelling in the area. I see now blood at this point.

    They've just been out in the green house since this past Saturday.

    I'll just keep washing the area and applying the antibiotic cream.

    Other suggestions are appreciated.
  4. ChickadeeLover

    ChickadeeLover In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2008
    I am really sorry about your chick. Good luck!

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