I need help! {UPDATE}My bantam chick is acting all wrong!--She died

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mradam, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. mradam

    mradam Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 5, 2008
    Eastern Missouri
    I posted about my chick yesterday here: www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=88713
    She isn't moving around at all now. I quarantined her this morning, her eye is swollen shut, and she keeps the other one closed.
    She won't move around, even when I handle her...something she doesn't like. She will drink a little when I place her beek in water, but won't wake up. Both eyes are watery.
    Any ideas??? I'll try anything to make her better.

    Thank you!
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2008
  2. mradam

    mradam Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 5, 2008
    Eastern Missouri
    Well, I went out to check on her a few minutes ago and she had died. I tried to keep her warm and comfortable, but she left me.

    It sucks
  3. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Indeed it does.

    So sad for the little one.

  4. Riocotesei

    Riocotesei Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2008
    Oh my gosh I'm so sorry you lost your baby![​IMG]
    It really does suck![​IMG]
    I just bought 2 light Brahmas the other day and one of mine looks like that. I'm glad I quarantined them. I don't know what she has, or if she'll pull through. She had weird orange stool that wasn't all loose but held shape. I decided to give her some Sulmet because it treats a number of diseases. I think she's doing well, but I don't know. Maybe others can help us find out what this is so we know a treatment and can prevent it.
    I'm so sorry about your chickie, It's really hard when you nurture them and then they leave us.
  5. mradam

    mradam Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 5, 2008
    Eastern Missouri
    Yes, it is hard. Now I'm just hoping that the other 4 little ones don't get sick. My Barred Rock bantam hen is sneezing, has loose stool and has thrown up a few times. She's acting fine, but now she's quarantined until I get to the bottom of this.
    Thank God I have kept these 5 bantams(well, 4) separated from my big birds since I got them a week ago!

    Hopefully someone has had a similar problem and has some advice for us.
  6. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    So sorry for your loss ~

    Quick question, though: was this the bird that was being pecked by the BR hen? I am not clear on whether this is illness or injury. It will help us figure out what's going on with your other ones.

    Thanks for keeping us posted!
  7. mradam

    mradam Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 5, 2008
    Eastern Missouri
    Well, this is the same one that was being picked on by the BR, and I had thought that the swollen eye was an injury. This morning we had the aftereffects of hurricane Ike (in St. Louis, Missouri), with HEAVY rains and the back yard flooded. The water got high enough that I worried the chicken coop would be in danger. So, I waded water to rescue my girls. None of them were wet from the flooding, but got slightly wet from being carried to the house.

    I dried them off, and noticed the little one wasn't acting right. She was lethargic, didn't mind being handled, and the eye was still swollen from the day before. Both eyes were watery. She got worse and worse. At the end she wouldn't open her eyes, or respond to me at all. She never coughed, sneezed, or had any trouble breathing. She went from acting normal yesterday morning, to passing this afternoon.

    Now my BR is sneezing, making coughing sounds and has soft/runny poop. But, she's acting normal.
  8. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    So very sorry for you loss. Atleast you know you tried and was a good momma.
  9. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    I am so sorry you lost your chick. I noticed her toes look a bit swollen too. You may want to research mycoplasma synoviae. Her swollen face and the toes are symptoms. I hope you figure out what's happening.

    Edited to add: Fowl Cholera and Infectious Coryza also have similar symptoms.

    Here are some links that may help..

    Last edited: Sep 14, 2008
  10. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    I am so sorry you lost your baby chick. It is so sad. Did you see if her eye was gone like you thought?

    It is interesting that the BR was picking on her. I have heard that if one is sick the others sense it and pick on them. I don't understand why that is.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2008

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