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EMERGENCY!! Lethargic, dying

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by calichick123, Jan 2, 2016.

  1. calichick123

    calichick123 Out Of The Brooder

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    My legbar is one week old. She is very lethargic, won't even open eyes. Chirping almost constantly very weakly. Has a bulge on tummy. Vent looks fine as far as I can tell. Help!! She's obviously dying.[​IMG]
     
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  2. ArcticMermaid

    ArcticMermaid Out Of The Brooder

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    Keep it warm and if it will drink give it some pedialyte for infants and also a dose of poly vi sol.
     
  3. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    She has a case of omphalitis or abdominal infection. She needs antibiotics eye droppered.

    Latent bacterial overgrowth in the abdomen is a common killer of young chicks. It occurs during hatch. Usually they die at hatch, but sometimes they succumb later if the infection is latent.

    LofMc
     
  4. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2. She could also possibly have had an open navel at hatch, or an unclosed vent which would have introduced infection. Omphalitis can kill up to two weeks. As a note, if you hatched this chick yourself, consider lowering hatching humidity to help prevent this from happening again. I hope she gets better soon!
     
  5. calichick123

    calichick123 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the info. She did unfortunately die over night. :(
     
  6. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so sorry!!!!! *hugs*
     
  7. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm sorry for your loss. Sadly, this is a not uncommon occurrence in newly hatched chicks and takes a quick application of antibiotics at the first hint of infection to save the day.

    LofMc
     

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