Hot lethargic chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Aflock, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. Aflock

    Aflock Just Hatched

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    My husband brought home a bunch of straight run chicks 2 weeks ago. One chick, just started acting very lethargic, won't move while I'm cleaning out the brooder unless I make it. Tonight I went to pick him up and he is HOT. I know chicks are warmer than humans, but he is hotter than the other chicks. I gave him a little soak and removed him from the rest of the flock. He has apple cider vinegar with the mother in his water and diatomaceous earth in his feed. Eyes are clear, no snot/sneezing, poop looks normal. I think he's a little bald, but other than that nothing is standing out. Any ideas what could be up with this guy?
     
  2. Aflock

    Aflock Just Hatched

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    Some pictures of him (?) after bath time.
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Pics of your brooder setup?
     
  4. Aflock

    Aflock Just Hatched

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  5. junebuggena

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    How warm is it away from the heat lamp?
     
  6. Aflock

    Aflock Just Hatched

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    Room temp, so 68-70F. We have the heat lamp focused more on the corner now. He has been hanging out in the middle of the kennel/brooder.
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    He does look like a broiler, and they are more prone to overheating in general.
     
  8. Aflock

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    Just went to check on him before I went to bed and there might be blood showing up in his poop. Coccidiosis maybe? I hope not. :(
     
  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Has he had exposure to soil? It is very unlike for a chick to contract coccidia if it's spent it's whole life in a brooder.
     
  10. Aflock

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    We moved the whole brooder outside on Sunday for some sun and to let the kids from Church hold a few. If it did get down it was an escape attempt and quickly retrieved.
     

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