HELP - Runt is struggling. UPDATE: Camille and Little Dot

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  1. Yanna

    Yanna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    drank earlier
    not pasted up
    perked up earlier then collapsed in brooder
    eyes now closed

    (typing with one hand)
     
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  2. Yanna

    Yanna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    gave raw honey in warm water (b vitamins)
    peeping now but still limp
    breathing without gasping
     
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  3. Yanna

    Yanna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    better muscle tone
    eyes still closed
    spasms in one foot
    peeps occasionally
    still giving honey water when she perks occasionally
     
  4. Yanna

    Yanna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Using both hands finally!

    She's in a little nest I made for her in a bowl under a lamp beside me.

    Although she was standing up fine when I put all the chicks into the brooder about two and a half hours ago, she can't seem to stand up now - she lurches backward and falls over again and again when she tries (but at least she has some strength and muscle tone back). A few times, she's wanted to get up and run around like a regular little chick but it just doesn't work.

    She's had a poop and is taking some water/honey/yogurt with a few tiny specks of chick crumbles in but continues to keep her eyes closed 99% of the time and is still having mild periodic leg spasms.

    Neurological problem? Maybe. I'm not really sure what to do. Your help is appreciated.
     
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  5. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    I sure wish I could offer some advice, but I have never had a sick chick so I don't know what to do. From your description, I wouldn't be surprised if there is a neurological problem.
     
  6. Yanna

    Yanna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, she kept calling for her friends so I put her little nest in the brooder, where she's chatting up a storm with everyone but still has her eyes closed and can't move around much. I'll be offering her honey/yogurt/crumble/water mixture every ten minutes or so and hopefully things will take a turn in one direction or another soon.

    I know people talk about culling runts but as I see it, she's one of God's creatures and as long as I have her here, I'll do my best to keep her comfortable.
     
  7. Yanna

    Yanna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, it appears that she is both blind and lame. She'll take liquids held up to her beak but she hasn't taken anything solid.

    I can't keep giving her fluids every 10-15 minutes indefinitely, so at some point I'm going to have to decide whether to give her liquids at intervals and let her starve (she can't see food, doesn't peck, won't accept it when offered, except for yogurt) or just to withdraw all fluids.

    :|
     
  8. Yanna

    Yanna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Update:

    Okay, she's not blind. [​IMG] She may or may not be lame as now she is able to take a few steps. Standing still is an issue for her as she keeps falling backwards. She may just be weak. I've been goading her that if she wants to run around like her brothers and sisters, she's going to have to eat more. She finally did a little bit of pecking (hours after everyone else started) and took in a reasonable amount of food. I will keep a jar lid with yogurt/chick feed in it next to her.

    Of course, this sounds silly, but I believe that she wants to live as she threw herself out of the bowl in the brooder I had her nested in so that she could sit amongst her flock. A couple of her friends had hopped in to sit with her but they needed help getting out again - she took matters into her own feathers and jumped ship all by herself.

    Oh - and her name is Camille.
     
  9. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Awww Camille is a great name!
     
  10. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

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    I sure hope she turns into a stong little chickie !!!!!!

    Come on little chick !!!!!!

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    Keep us updated !!!!!!
     

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