how can I help my lethargic baby chick?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by staynerfarm, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. staynerfarm

    staynerfarm New Egg

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    Last night my baby chick (2.5 weeks) got trapped behind the food dish in the brooder and was stuck for a long time. I found her when I woke this morning and helped her out, but she is lethargic, and wont eat or drink. i have been force feeding her, but she has vomited a few times (overfeeding?) Ive been giving her drops of sugar water, raw egg yolk, and wet chicken feed mashed up. right now I have her in a scarf around my neck so I can make sure she is breathing and staying warm. What else could I do to help her?
     
  2. DownARiver12

    DownARiver12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure but I'd try not to force feed her anymore if she is throwing up. I'm not an expert but I think that chickens aren't capable of that or if they are it's very rare.

    I had a hen once get caught for a long time and I just cleaned her up and kept her warm and she recovered. I think keeping her warm like under a properly set 99.5 degree heat lamp or however warm your chick should be at in its age is the best idea.
     
  3. DownARiver12

    DownARiver12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any others who are more experienced?
     
  4. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with DownARiver12.keep her warm.and give a her a drop or two of sugar water.Good Luck.
     
  5. staynerfarm

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    update: Still lethargic but her eyes open a little more now and she has moved across the brooder once. she pooped twice and one looked a little red. is it blood? internal bleeding?
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Can you post a picture of a poop? Bloody poop can be a sign of coccidiosis, but occasionally they will have a little normal intestinal shed in the poop which can look orange-red. I would probably get some Corid in the house this evening, and you can start it if you feel she has coccidiosis. Keep the brooder temp at 80-85 degrees, and keep dipping her beak into electrolyte water, at least until you decide whether or not to start the Corid. Dosage is 2 tsp of the liquid Corid(or 1 and 1/2 tsp of the powder) per gallon of water for 5 days. Treat all birds at once, and after completion of meds, give at least 3 days of vitamins and probiotics.
     
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