HELP! 10 day old chick constant gaping?!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by motherearth, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. motherearth

    motherearth New Egg

    So at five days I took her to the vet for a little gaping, head shaking, and loss of balance. He said she seemed emaciated. He prescribed an antibiotic called Septra SMZ TMP. She was doing OK, though not thriving the way the other 3 are. Then today she started a constant gaping accompanied by stretching her neck out. What is it? what can I do?

    They are on sand. I switched from pine shavings as my vet thought they could cause inflammation in some animals. Their diet is organic chick starter. And twice a day scrambled egg with yogurt and starter and twice a day meal worms. And water has electrolytes.

    Today she is not eating or drinking either. Temps are good, the others are happy and healthy.

    Any ideas?!
  2. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2011
    has she had access to grit? Did the vet check for parasites? I don't know if chicks can get gapeworm, but f it was an adult that would be my guess.
  3. motherearth

    motherearth New Egg

    Well she's gone. Boy was that hard. Sweet girl. So sad. I guess I have to take black copper marans off my list. :(
  4. un-named543

    un-named543 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2012
    SE Minnesota
    Sorry to hear this. It is so hard to see them go.
  5. maggienchamp

    maggienchamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2011
    I'm so sorry to hear that :( I just lost my 6 month old girl 2 days ago to the same exact thing you described. I had also brought her to the vet, and they told me it was a neurlogical injury. Still not convinced that's what it was, but regardless, she is in a better place now, and so is your little girl. [​IMG]

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