help with a sick chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by hoping4eggs, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. hoping4eggs

    hoping4eggs Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 9 week old mutt baby. She kind of remimds me of an australorp. She was hatched with 14 other babies who all crackled and peeped within hours of each other from beginning to end. The eggs were from several different hens but some hens each donated several eggs to the hatching. Nothing notable about the batch except that one baby did not survive the 24hour mark. We aquired these birds when they were around 4 days old. They were kept inside for the next 5 weeks and then moved outside with our other 5 chicks who are roughly 7 weeks older. Everyone gets along great. Eat and sleep well together. Everyone growing fast. 2 are smaller than the others by a good bit but doing ok. This one, Fuzzy, has not feathered out as well as the other small one or the others for that fact. Good outside feathering but under wings is still bald. Fast forward to 14 days ago. We find her laying in coop. Bring her in. Do the gatorade thing and feed. Hours later good to go. Relapse 36 hours later. Same thing.. but keep her in the house for 2 days this time. DH says she wants to be an inside chickie. Put her back out.. does ok... Then Thursday afternoon come home to her lying on her side again.. Only this time... She has not gotten better. She has parallysis type symptoms. Not being able to hold up on her own. Temors as if she is cold but it is almost 85 where she is being kept. Lays on side often. However, if she gets upset with me. She can flap her wings, move her head (which she does this often on her own) and rigid leg stands although it is as if she is not sure where she is placing them. Most times she is eating on her own.. We are offering the pedialyte water and feed that is watered down to a runny pudding consistancy as to ensure she is getting enough water and it seems easier for her to eat on her own as she tires easily. Most of the time her legs are out in front of her.. Others she is layed on her side. I have been propping her with a towel to give her a more natural position several hours a day.. She can hold the position on her own for a very short while...which is why i have been using the towel. Any ideas of what she has or if she will get better? Her comb has always been black in color.. No change there..

    I have read that maybe I am doing her no justice in keeping her alive.. That their will to eat is so great that they will keep eating instead of dying. She still chirps and in her eyes she still has that perky look. If she would show for more than a few hours at a time that it was her time I would have dh help her along. But she has that perky look and she does still try to do things on her own.. And I will help give her a fighting chance if that is what she wants.. What to do?????
     
  2. chickmamawannabe

    chickmamawannabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just bumpin' you. Hang in there!
     
  3. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Hi. I'm going to post a link with several diseases/deficiencies that can cause these symptoms (scroll down to differential diagnosis). That this one isn't developing as fast as the others, and none of the others appear anything but healthy, I'd probably pick up a bottle of Polyvisol (liquid children's vitamins) and give three drops a day (drip along inside of lower beak) for a week and taper off. I hope this is something as simple as a vitamin deficiency (supplement diet with crushed hard boiled eggs/meal worms etc.).

    http://www.spc.int/rahs/Manual/AVIAN/AVENCEPHALITISE.htm

    good luck!
     
  4. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    You really should get the proper electrolytes (gatorade and pedialyte is an emergency measure and you need to dilute both). Try giving three drops of POLYVISOL Enfamil into beak once a day for a week then taper off the next. (This is a childrens liquid A-B-D vitamin).
    Whenever you have an ill bird it is always best to keep them separate from the rest until you are absolutely sure they are fully recovered.
    What type of feed are you feeding it?
     
  5. ivan3

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    Yay! Diana! [​IMG]
     
  6. hoping4eggs

    hoping4eggs Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the link...

    I do have her separated now..since Thursday.. I didnt before because I thought she was just being the last chicken in the pecking order and not being able to eat therefore getting weak.. but appearantly that wasnt the case.. I will pick up the vitamins in the morning.. The gatorade and pedialyte has been watered down to @ 50/50. As for feed it is Blue Seal chick starter... And scrambled egg (no butter, no salt, nothing added)... I also have a bag of Dumor Chick Grower here that is unopened.
     
  7. hoping4eggs

    hoping4eggs Out Of The Brooder

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    2 days of vitamins and there so far is no change for the good yet. Only she is not filling her crop when she eats like she used to. I'm not sure if it is because she is tiring that much quicker or if she is starting to give up. I take and dropper feed her the water and poke the food towards her mouth more and encourage her to eat more often. She is keeping the crop about 1/2 as full as she was on her own earlier. When should we start seeing a change for the better if we are going to?
     

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