Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Southern28Chick, May 8, 2007.

  1. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    One of my 8 day old chicks has a wing that is always wet looking. She pecks at it a lot. Is this some type of sickness?
    Last edited: May 8, 2007
  2. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Galesburg, IL.
    Could it possibly be Infectious coryza? Coryza is a respiratory airborne bacterial infection. It's a slow spreading chronic disease that can spread amongst your chickens. S/S to include swelling of the face around the eyes and wattles, nasal discharge and swollen sinuses. Watery discharge from the eyes frequently results in the lids adhering together. Vision may be affected because of the swelling. Wet wings are also a symptom of it. If this is the case you need to separate your chick from the others, do strict cleaning and disinfecting. You can use either Sulfadimethoxine or Sulfathiazole in the feed or water. Erythromycin administered in the drinking water can also reduce the symptoms of the disease.

    But I would listen to see what others might be thinking as well before I did anything. Then if an answer can't be found, I would call around to a vet that deals with Aviary issues and go from there. If there is no vet that does this, call your local humane society. They might know of someone to call. This was just one idea of many. Don't be alarmed yet. Best of luck to you.
  3. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    How long has the wing looked like this? Has it been since you got the chick?
    Are you sure the wing is actually wet, and didn't somehow get oil or some other substance on it? Is she eating, drinking, pooping, and running around normally otherwise?
  4. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I've had the chicks since last Wednesday, they're 8 days old. It's possible the chick may have fell into the waterer. They have been trying to fly the past couple of days and they're all over the place. I just thought it was weird because it appears to be the same leghorn chick that had a wet wing yesterday. Other than the wet wing, she's happy and healthy growing like a weed.

    I'll just keep an eye on her.

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