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Help! My chicken is sick. I need to know how to cure this!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BlueRadFish1, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. BlueRadFish1

    BlueRadFish1 New Egg

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    My chick has its head down and wings away from the body (open) as it is warm trying to cool down. This is a baby. It cant hold its head up. It cant move. Im worried. I put it in a seperate cage with food and water. I put some electrolights in the water. Please I need help! Im worried about her. This just happened. It wasnt born like this.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Do you have a thermometer on the floor of your brooder in the hottest part, plus a cooler area to escape to if she is too hot? I would add some sugar or SaveAChick electrolytes to the water, and give the chick plenty of water today by dipping it's beak, or using a dropper to feed it. It may be overheated or dehydrated. Also check it's vent to make sure there isn't pasting up.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    How old is the chick? Chicks that have been shipped in the mail, including feed store chicks, can suffer from shipping stress up to 7-10 days. Electrolytes with vitamins should be the first treatment, dipping the beak as often as possible. Pedialyte, Gatorade, and 1 tsp of sugar and a small pinch of salt to a liter of water can be substituted temporarily. Make sure they are warm, around 90 degrees F in the brooder, and have a clean vent. Pasty vents should be washed gently in some warm soapy water using your fingers, rinse, and dry with a tissue. Don't get the chick wet all over.
     

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