I am so worried about my babies... help me please..

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by silkiechick05, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Songster

    Sep 27, 2009
    North Texas
    So, I have noticed two things lately that have been out of the ordinary...

    Head shaking CONSTANTLY


    "Yawning" CONSTANTLY


    they are only six weeks old

    I don't want them to die

    Help me please

  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Have they been outside? If not, I sort of doubt gapeworm, which isn't all that common anyway, especially in young chicks like that. Yawning can mean they have a piece of food or shavings in their throat they're trying to get down. Head shaking can be many things, including itchy heads when their feathers are growing in, being tired (my birds often do a little head shake as they fall asleep), etc.

    Have you fed them earthworms? That is how they get gapeworm by ingesting the nematode carried by earthworms.
  3. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Songster

    Sep 27, 2009
    North Texas
    They run around my backyard for a couple hours every other day.

    They have eaten meal worms, moths, and various bugs

    Is it more dangerous to leave them with it or treat them with ivermectin?

    What is the dosage for ivermectin for that young of a chick?
  4. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Songster

    Aug 21, 2009
    I am sorry your chicks are sick! [​IMG]
    Are they still on supplemental heating?
    Do they make any rumbling, crackling, or wheezing noises if you listen carefully?
    Can you see anything down their throats (I know its really hard to tell on 6 week old chicks but maybe with a flashlight and help).
    Are they eating and drinking well? What do you feed them?
    What does their poo look like?
    Are their crops OK--filling during the day and empty first thing in the morning?
    Any smell noticeable when you open their beaks?
    I'm not an expert but answers to these questions may narrow it down more.
    Hopefully someone with more experience will chime in [​IMG]
  5. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Songster

    Sep 27, 2009
    North Texas
    Yes, they are still on heat.

    I don't think they wheeze... but they do sneeze sometimes, especially after they eat

    I have not had a chance to look down their throats yet... I bet that will be a job lol

    They are eating well.
    I feed them regularly:
    medicated chick food
    Occasionally the will get:
    scrambled eggs
    When they go outside:
    meal worms
    and anything else they can find

    Their poo looks good and solid, however when they drink, it can get runny.
    It is a nice rich brown color

    And lastly, I have no idea when it comes to crops...

  6. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    the crop is a little sac near the bottom of the neck on top of the breast, slightly to the bird's right..
    when empty it will feel like an empty balloon..
    feel for any lump, grainy feeling, or doughy mass..

    what bedding are you using?

    use a small flashlight and look down the throats...look for any whitish or yellowey lesions or sores, or plaque..and the red gapeworm in the throat.
    check them for mites..ears, too..

    here are some links with info..

    molds and respiratory problems


    worms, including gapeworm info:


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