1. NY Chickenista

    NY Chickenista New Egg

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    Need a little help.....I have a one month chick that is not thriving like her sisters. For the past couple of days I have been hearing a gurggling sound in her crop area. Last night I massaged her crop and she vomited a lot of foam. She is eating, drinking and pooping but is about the half the size of the others. She is eating starter feed, grit is available for all of them, water has ACV mixed in it as well. Any suggestions on what the foam could be? I have dealt with sour crop in an older chicken and have no reason to think that is what this is. She has never eaten grass or anything other than starter feed.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    She may just be a runt and not thriving do to some genetic problem. I would give probiotics or plain yogurt in small amounts if her feed brand does not contain them, and poultry vitamins in her water. Many brands contain both at feed stores. As for the foam, that may just be what was in her crop at the time, or she may be getting sick with a respiratory infection. Does she have a runny nose or watery eyes?
     
  3. NY Chickenista

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    Well, this little one is fighter and is still plugging along. She is so much smaller than the others at this point. I have been giving vitamins since day one and bought probiotic and started her on that Saturady (thank you for the suggestion). She does not have a runny nose or watery eyes' she looks very normal except that she is so small. Her crop is huge and you can hear bubbles in it. As I massage it she vomits up foam. She is eating and drinking and shows no signs of any illness. My largest baby actually sleeps with a wing over her to give her a little extra warmth.
     
  4. NY Chickenista

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    Sadly this morning my little fighter lost her battle with whatever was ailing her. She tried hard but sometimes things are just not meant to be.
     
  5. Monguire

    Monguire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to read that things didn't work out for this little one. [​IMG] For those of us whose chooks live somewhere between livestock and pets, it's always hard to lose one no matter the reason.

    Since they are more than livestock, less than pets, but ALWAYS food, my chooks provide me a healthy respect/understanding for their life and their loss.

    Thank you for following-up with this and letting us all know the outcome.
     
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  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I'm very sorry for your loss.
     
  7. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2. Unfortunately there are heartbreaking times in chicken rearing. You did all you could.
     

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