HELP!!!my chick can't poop!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickabator, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. chickabator

    chickabator Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2007
    ky
    I posted the other day that one of my white leghorn chicks had died sunday well now I have another that is sick. I have quartined it but it just stands there with its little eyes shut I tried to get it to drink some water with vitamins and electrolites in it but it won't drink or eat it just stands there it does not have pasty butt but its little belly feels so hard. I have been feeding them chick starter and that is all. any ideas on how I can save my chick? I have been trying to force it to drink water but to no avail it crawl is flat but its little belly is hard I tried to push a little on its belly to make it poop but it wouldn't poop either it is not even a week old yet
     
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  2. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry to hear about your chick...
    have you tried sugar water and a syringe to get it to drink?
    drip on beak while holding head back and some will run in...
    if they won't eat you can force feed them...
    microwave an egg yolk and gently pry open beak and place tiny pieces in back of mouth. they will swallow it them instead of spitting out.. hope this helps..lilchick
     
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    If it's impacted with poop, squeezing isn't going to help and may hurt your chick...A drop of molasses or a drop of mineral oil would be better.
    You could also try a warm bath...it might relax those muscles...
    Make sure the chick's completely dry before you put it back.
     
  4. chickabator

    chickabator Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2007
    ky
    I have tried but all it does is puke it back up so I really don't think it is going to make it
     
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Are you giving it grit to help it process its food?
     
  6. chickabator

    chickabator Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2007
    ky
    i gave it to them at 4 days old like it says none of the other chicks are sick just my leghorn cockerel I think it was my other cockerel that died sunday morning and out of the last order i purchased 2 poullets and a cockerel and the cockerel died
     
  7. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Grit maybe the problem, Lots of times they will eat so much grit that it will glog their gut..If its eating make a wet mash with milk, That will get things moving
     
  8. chickabator

    chickabator Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2007
    ky
    it won't eat and the grit is parakeet grit I don't add that much to their starter feed because I don't want them eating too much of it I have a 12 hole feeder and I fill it up with food them maybe I put about 1/2 teaspoon of grit mixed in the food. it is still alive but huddled under the heat lamp asleep right now . I am going to make it drink some more water in a few minutes
     
  9. chickabator

    chickabator Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2007
    ky
    okay we got it to poop but it still will not eat or drink anything the poop was brown with white in it and it had a big long string of it hanging out so we cleaned it up I have an egg cooling so I am going to try to give it some egg yolk how do I get it down it? I am still giving sugar water but we have to make it drink it. NOW what do I do? this is the only cockerel I have left.
     
  10. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hope your chick is still hanging in there...
    to force feed gently pry mouth open with 2 fingers or a toothpick and use another toothpick to place food in back of mouth. may need someones help there...
    they are usually attracted to egg yolk and will quickly want to eat it!
    let us knowhow it is doing.......
     

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