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How do you unplug a baby chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Alleyoops25, May 17, 2007.

  1. Alleyoops25

    Alleyoops25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 30 little Crevecours babies, all have been happy and healthy until today. And one little baby is having problems pooping. He has a clean rear end and non of the others seem to have this problem just him . They all are eating the standard chick food from Murdochs , and they are getting grit , and i have been adding electrolytes to thier water. Any body have any ideas?
     
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    If they're healthy they may not need the electrolytes...The constipated one, try putting a drop of dark molasses on his/her tongue.
     
  3. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2007
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    Just in case I run into this, can you tell me how you know your chick is plugged? How old are they?


    Meghan
     
  4. Alleyoops25

    Alleyoops25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I noticed it seemed to act in pain and was pushing really hard when i picked it up i looked at his butt and there was poop that wasn't getting past the vent. I got a diapher wipe and kind of helped it out by wiping at it, it came loose ,and came out. I never thought that a chicken would ever have this problem. But this little guy sure does. I have treid the molasses and put him by him self and I havent seen any well you know. [​IMG] But he is drinking and eating . Oh and its vent looks raw, and swollen. I know this is gross but but it is what it is. I am wondering if I need to add more grit to his diet. I can tell he aint feeling well, but he doesnt looked like he is near death. these guys are about two and a half, to three weeks old .Any way I think I need more ideas, if someone has got them .
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2007
  5. aliena614

    aliena614 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do u have him in shavings? one of mine did the same thing she ate a small chunk and it got stuck right at her vent! Poor girl! I got it out with a pair of tweezers but be cautious i had a heck of a time figureing it out! I thought she was all gummed up at first and called my vet who said to give her 1cc of prune juice every 3hrs till she was regular! but after 3 days of that i happened to look and see it because of the swelling! good luck!
     
  6. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    those birds do not need grit when they are eating only chick starter...this is not advised and can even cause an impaction.
     
  7. Alleyoops25

    Alleyoops25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks aliena614. I will also try the prune juice. I dont keep the chicks in any type of bedding. I have a commercial type of brooder .It has its own heater to keep them warm. and they are on a screen that thier dropping fall through and are caught on the tray below.
     

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