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dispondent 6 week old chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gotta farm, May 13, 2009.

  1. gotta farm

    gotta farm Hatching

    Apr 12, 2009
    I have a 6 week old baby chick that was totally dispondent when we checked on them this evening. I brought her up and gave her some sugar water. there are no injuries or any visible trauma. She is startign to drink on her own after forcing her beak in th esugar water a few times but still not eating. No loose stools nothign that we can visibly tell. Any suggestions?

  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Did she settle down when you picked her up? It's possible that the other chicks weren't allowing her to eat/drink.
  3. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    are they kept in a brooder?
    what bedding are you using?
    how are they kept?
    what all do you feed?

    describe the droppings..color and consistency.
    (the sick chick and the others)
    check the vent and make sure it is clear.
    check the crop for any lumps or grainy feeling.

    do you have any chick vitamins?
    try and get some Poly-vi-sol liquid baby vitamins..Enfamil brand if possible, no iron..2 drops on beak once a day for a week, then 1 drop for a week..(any pharmacy will have it.)

    make up some water moistened feed mixed with a little plain active yogurt, or buttermilk, and chopped egg yolk..not soupy or gummy, just puffed...add a little unsweetened applesauce..
    make up just a small amount. have regular feed available.

    could have cocci..do you have any Sulmet on hand?
    watch for any other symptoms..wheezing, discharge from eyes or beak..
  4. gotta farm

    gotta farm Hatching

    Apr 12, 2009
    I gave her sugar water and she began drinking a little on her own. All the other chicks are fine and they are staying in a new hen house tht was jsut built. they free range during the day. Yesterday I noticed a few drops of blood in the area that they go into. she acts like she has a stomach ache. I do have three RIR hens down there and one can be pretty mean but there is no visible sign of trauma. Stools are normal color but this AM a little runny form sugar water I'm sure.
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    It sounds like coccidiosis to me. Get some sulfameth------, and put it in their water. Sounds like my roo had a month ago, apparently it lives in the ground. With this antibiotic it clears up pretty quick.
  6. gotta farm

    gotta farm Hatching

    Apr 12, 2009
    There hasn't been any loose stools til this am.
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    My chick had non bloody sort of normal stools. There was no respiratory problem. So I treated for cocci and she got better right away.

  8. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

    Apr 11, 2009
    try the
    wet mash medicated for all the birds she has been with
    for one chicken
    5 tbsp of dry crumbels
    10 tbsp of water
    in the water put 1/2 tsp of the medication
    mix good so they eat the medicated wet mash to get the medication in their gut
    also put medication in the wqater for them to drink
    amproylium is better than sulmet but do as you can as it is probably coccidiosis
    treat whole group of chicks

    then give the

    wet mash probiotic also
    5 tbsp of dry crumbles
    10 tbsp of milk any kind
    1 tbsp of yoguart

    mix good and feed them all that are being medicated
    each chick should have 1 tbsp of the wet mash in either situation
    always clean the wet feeder and restock dry crumbles
  9. gotta farm

    gotta farm Hatching

    Apr 12, 2009
    None of the others have even a hint of sickness. This one is getting even weaker. I was able to use a dropper and get about 1 ounce of yogurt down her today. A tiny bit of water. It is looking pretty hopeless. I have no idea what is wrong with her. she has no appearance of anything. No diareaha nothing. Her vent is not clogged up.
  10. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Calm down. We might be able to help if you answer the questions that have been asked.
    Last edited by a moderator: May 14, 2009

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