Help with sick chick. Runty? sick? both?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by xBRIANx, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. xBRIANx

    xBRIANx In the Brooder

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    We're having trouble with our 9 day old BR bantam. She's not moving well, poor balance, lethargic. In the second photo, you can see that her crop looks swollen. It felt squishy. As Jennifer gave it a little massage, she felt a release of tension, then a little clear liquid came out of the chick's mouth. The crop seems smaller now. As we've said earlier, we've lost 2 of the 4 BR bantams already. This one, Steve, has not grown well. The two BR were about the same size when we got them:
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    [​IMG]I'm wondering if she's sick and if there is something I can do or if she's just runty and maybe not viable. Any thoughts?[​IMG]
     
  2. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Songster

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    Sounds like it may have been a impacted crop. Is she eating and drinkin now? Might give her some mashed up hard boiled egg to give her a boost. Good Luck
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing

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    Or a little bread soaked in olive oil, or other veg oil.
     
  4. xBRIANx

    xBRIANx In the Brooder

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    She is sleeping...not wanting to do much. i'll try bread/oil if i can get her to eat.
     
  5. xBRIANx

    xBRIANx In the Brooder

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    She continued downhill, we put her to sleep this evening. We used the gas-chamber method, which worked well. Initially, I was going to remove the head...this was easier on me.
     

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