Heavy breathing chick

Fallen Leaf Farm

Chirping
8 Years
Mar 4, 2011
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I picked up 10 chicks on Saturday, 7 buff orpingtons and 3 black stars (I believe). One of the black stars seems to breathe hard all of the time. She cleans herself, eats, drinks and poops. She seems very alert to noises and us around her. She does seem a little smaller than the other girls. I'm worried that something is wrong with her. I'm a just being a worry wart, or is there something I should be doing for the girl?
 

Fallen Leaf Farm

Chirping
8 Years
Mar 4, 2011
52
0
92
No, beak closed. I just checked her and she is sleeping by herself a little closer to the heat lamp than the other girls. Usually she is over amongst the group. They're only about 5 inches apart.
 

llnmaw

Chirping
8 Years
Feb 22, 2011
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Spokane, WA
I'm by no means an expert (see my piteously low post count that's how new to chicks I am!!) and been meaning to pose this question myself...but thought I'd chime in with my thoughts on our own wee one.

We have one of unknown age, I'm guessing 3 weeks based on size compared to my known chicks and from pictures I've seen. She has always sort of 'panted' but with her beak closed. She does this most notably when we get her out to 'play' or clean out/rearrange the brooder. She just sits where we set her down, like she has been abducted by aliens and can't figure out what to do. The others run around pooping and looking for junk to eat. She just lays there and pants kind of all puffed up. She is a snuggle love, settles right onto me and sleeps and makes the sweetest little content chick chirping trill. She is active in the brooder, but always sleeps with her wings out and huffs and puffs away.

I think it's just who she is. (??) At least that is what I've been hoping, so I'll be watching to see with the experts have to say about your chick.
 

ScissorChick

Songster
9 Years
Dec 17, 2010
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Under Your bed
Some of my chicks are often like that. Sorry for the questions,

but you ARE noticing a big difference in beathing, compared to

the others? As long as she's showing no other symptoms, she

should be fine.
 

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