Floppy chick with inflamed umbilical.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Redhead Rae, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. Redhead Rae

    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere!

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    This chick (either a pure Banty Cochin or BC/Chocolate Orp mix) hatched yesterday afternoon, but has progressively gotten floppier. After moving, the chick flops to the ground and gasps and makes a clicking noise. The Chick's umbilical is inflamed and looks... cracked. I'll have to get pictures. I put it in the brooder under the heater plate with the other chick that hatched out last night so I can access the sick chick without opening the incubator while other chicks are hatching. I put some antibotic ointment on the umbilical, gave it some water and put it under the plate. Is there anything else I can do, or is it a lost cause at this point?
     
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  2. Smuvers Farm

    Smuvers Farm Melvin Up the Taterhole

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    This is what happened with my 2nd to last hatch. We had 2 go down like that. We tried to save them but they were just too weak to survive and we euthanized them.

    :hugs Rae
     
  3. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

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    liquid baby vitamins might help. I also use vetrycin wound spray.

    The bad thing about navels is infection or organ damage from the cord pulling. It is sometimes a sign the the chick did not completely develop.

    I hope you do not have to euthanize!
     
  4. Smuvers Farm

    Smuvers Farm Melvin Up the Taterhole

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  5. Redhead Rae

    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere!

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  6. Redhead Rae

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    I also have nutridrench. I could mix that up and give it to the chick.
     
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  7. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

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    Use the nutridrench.

    The chick does not look too bad. There is hope!
     
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  8. Smuvers Farm

    Smuvers Farm Melvin Up the Taterhole

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    x100 ours was WAY worse looking than that baby. Straight drench, barely a drop swiped across it's beak.. do not force it!
     
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  9. azygous

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    Unless this chick can stand and open its eyes and swallow when you dip its beak in water, there is not going to be much you can do for it. Keep it in the incubator and if it rallies, then try the Nutri-drench.

    But please prepare yourself for possibly losing this chick over the next few hours. The symptoms you describe indicate it may have serious genetic abnormalities it may not be able to overcome.
     
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  10. Redhead Rae

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    Already did the drench. I took them out of the incubator because the chicks that hatched last night and today were running the sick one over. The sick chick and it's companion seem content to sleep under the heater plate in the brooder. The companion chick is quite perky when I check on them.
     

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