HELP – What is wrong with our chick? *Sad update*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wordgirl, May 8, 2009.

  1. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    We got 21 chicks last month, April 28th, as day-olds through our local feed store, who works with a hatchery every year to supply chicks to people throughout the later spring and summer. The chicks would be 11 days today, and all have been very healthy the past week, other than a few pastings, and at least 2 of our Gold Links have been having very runny, brown poops. Neither are pasting, but this morning one of our Gold Links has been a little droopy (and I'm not sure whether she has been one with runny poops or not). She doesn't want to eat, and would only drink when we dipped her beak into the water. She has stayed in a far corner all morning, just sitting there, eyes half-open, but not lying down to sleep. And what's weirder is that she isn't staying in the corner with the heat lamp – she's in the corner farthest away. What is wrong with her? Is she sick? Please tell us what to do! We don't want to lose her! [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 9, 2009
  2. wanda047

    wanda047 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2009
    Hardy, Arkansas
    Is she being picked on by the other chicks?
  3. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    They haven't been picking on her. And she was up and active just yesterday. What is wrong with her??? [​IMG] I just found a tiny bit of bloody, mucous type stuff in the bedding. And I'm not sure whether it is hers or not, but it was near her and wet, but there was a sort of bloody half-firm poop that I found. They've been on medicated feed since day 1, and I've rinsed the waterers with hot water every day and refilled them with water with a vitamin & electrolyte powder added. A couple of days ago, I started giving them free grit, and a day or two later, I tried to give them some Cheerios and some dandelion. Neither impressed them. [​IMG] Last night, and she was fine yesterday, I gave them some scrambled egg, that was made with milk and butter, but they didn't give much interest in it, so if she's eaten anything other than the starter crumble, it hasn't been much. Oh, why is she acting sick all of a sudden??? [​IMG]
  4. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Chicks can arrive with coccidiosis- do you have a starter crumber with a coccisiostat? (Check label to be sure you were given correct feed- you did say medicated).

    Getting some links for you on coccidiosis

    And they are too young for treats- dandelions are alkaloids
    Hoping this one had no salt or dyes...was butter salted?
    As precaution all will need electrolytes/vitamins. Separate this one, keep warm, offer fluids by dropper unless she will take on her own.
    See if she will accept slurry of water/starter crumbles.
    Last edited: May 8, 2009
  5. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    What are the medication ingredients used as a coccisiostat?
  6. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Look for Amprollium or Cordid
  7. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm afraid I have to leave. I hope someone will join you, I know you are very worried. Sometimes the wrong feed gets loaded even when you ask for the right one and if this is what happened, I hope you can get some of the right feed asap...

    very suspicious it might be cocci...
  8. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    I am almost certain our feed has Amprollium, as well as something else that starts with an 'E' although I can't remember what it was. Thanks, LynneP. [​IMG] She isn't doing much better, but I keep giving her a drink every once in a while.
  9. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    ...and she still won't eat. Anything. [​IMG]
  10. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    i don't have much experience with this, but i don't want you to be

    i've read others giving the little chicks the vitamin water on the side of their beaks with a dropper until they start to perk up.

    i hope this bump will inspire others with more experience to post.

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