Help! Sick chicks.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sarahlorrain, May 6, 2016.

  1. sarahlorrain

    sarahlorrain Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 7, 2012
    We had 12 chicks. Two died about a week apart and more are acting strangely. They stand around with their feathers puffed out and my daughter said that most of them are vomiting. They are with their mother and the rest of the flock. I am not sure how old they are. 4 weeks maybe. I was feeding chick starter from TSC but I just realized that it isn't medicated so I went and bought some that is medicated and some sav-a-chick. Their poop seems normal.
    Any ideas?
    Last edited: May 6, 2016
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Flock Master

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Can you post some photos of how they are puffed out?
    Any chance they got into something moldy, rotten.
    Do they stay with the broody and are they free range?
    What do their crops feel like?
    Are they eating/drinking?
    Puffed up and standing around could be a sign of Cocci. While medicated feed gives a very low dose of usually Amprol, if they are already exhibiting signs you will want to treat them with Corid. Dosage for Cocci is1 1/2 teaspoons Corid powder per gallon or 2 teaspoons of 9.6% Corid liquid per gallon Give for 5-7 days - make sure this is the ONLY water available during that time period. Mix a fresh batch at least once a day. It won't hurt the broody to drink it as well.
    The vomiting sounds more like a crop issue though, while they may have access to dirt, in this case I would provide them with some chick grit (crushed granite), it's possible that they may have eaten something that is impacting the crop and they are unable to digest/grind their food properly. Make sure they are drinking plenty of water.

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