Droopy-winged, lethargic chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Oatbran, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. Oatbran

    Oatbran New Egg

    Aug 27, 2009
    This is our first batch of chicks, so we're still learning.

    Of the original 25, we lost 4 within the first 7 days. All of them looked droopy, puffed up and lethargic. They were also noticeably smaller than the rest, as if they weren't growing as quickly.

    10 days now after those original 4 deaths, one has started showing the same signs: lack of development, droopy wings, and lethargy. I have noticed meat colored droppings. My research suggests coccidiosis. Could it be something else?

    We've separated it, but are not sure how to treat it. We are trying to be as organic as possible, but we don't really want to lose any more chicks. If I try treating with Sulmet do I treat just the sick one or the entire flock?

    I wanted to try the deep litter method, so I've just been adding new shavings on top of old, maybe once a week. Could this be contributing to the problem?

    Part of me wants to let nature take it's course with the belief that I'll end up with a stronger flock in the end. But the other part of me wants to avoid any unnecessary suffering (especially on my kids who help care for them).

    Any help is appreciated.
  2. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    sound like cocci especially since it is spreading, but it could be caused by wet moldy feed.
    good luck
  3. AnimalMommy

    AnimalMommy Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 25, 2009
    This has happened to me both times I've gotten new chicks. I would say that it it Cocci and to treat with Sulmet or Corrid and to treat the whole flock. Change the litter often and bleach the feeders, waterers, and the brooder that they are in. I have had no luck bringing chicks back from illnesses. Goodluck

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