How to Treat? Very sick chick...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kzas, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. kzas

    kzas Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey, all. I posted yesterday in a different thread about a sick EE chick of mine. We noticed yesterday that she didn't go into the run with her sisters and when I looked in, she was sitting all puffed out and doing this thing where she extends her neck and opens her beak wide. She looked worse when I came home from work. We have her separated. She looks better and worse this morning- more alert (not so sleepy/lethargic) but her toes are now curled and she can't stand without falling.

    I saw her eat last night but have not seen her drink. I want to go get anything I can to help her, but not sure what to get without knowing what's wrong? (I read for hours last night and just couldn't perfectly fit all her symptoms to anything.)

    I have apple cider vinegar that I can add to her water. What else would you recommend for a very sick chick? Antibiotics? Medicated feed? I've heard of electrolyte packets and all kinds of things, but not sure what's best! And I don't want to overwhelm her system. Any advice??

    You can see a video from yesterday morning (she looks considerably worse today) & more info on my other thread:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1099322/opinions-on-this-video-sick
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    My initial thoughts are Mareks, which causes internal tumors which leads to paralysis.
     
  3. kzas

    kzas Out Of The Brooder

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    That's what I'm fearing, too. She looks a little better this morning, putting a little weight through her legs and she drank on her own, which she didn't do yesterday, but she still doesn't look great.
     
  4. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    Was she vaccinated for Mareks disease?
     
  5. kzas

    kzas Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm not sure. We got our first batch of chicks from a hatchery and had them vaccinated. The new chicks we got from a farm and I guess we stupidly assumed that they were. I am so mad at myself.
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    It could also be botulism, which can cause similar symptoms. Its mostly from consuming moldy feed. It can sometimes improve.
     

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