I think shes dyinggg HELPP

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Raekins, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. Raekins

    Raekins In the Brooder

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    My chicken that is about a month old isnt being herself! I turned her light off earliar today and I came back and checked on them and one of my chickens was sitting in the middle of the cage all fluffed up and sleeping. I went to pet her and usually she perks up or jumps or something but she didnt move. Shes breathing really heavy and her heart is beating really fast and shes in my lap right now and wont open her eyes. I dont know whats wrong, I feed them every day, change their water every day, and always keep their cage super clean.. what could be wrong? is she not ready for the light to be turned off? Earliar she seemed like she was really hot so I turned it off.
     
  2. SpringChickens

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    I would put her in a cage by herself, and put some electrolytes in her water, possibly some sugar too. Give her some good protein sources, like hard-boiled egg yolk and keep an eye on her. Sometimes they just don't do well.

    Make sure you keep the temp at 80 degrees or more, but not so hot that she pants.

    Good luck!
     
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  3. CrazyChickMom

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    I don't know a lot but did you check for pasty butt? Also, has she been drinking? See if she will eat some yogurt.
     
  4. NancyDz

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    At 4 weeks old she should be in a temp of about 75-80 degrees instead of turning off the light you should move it farther away to make it slightly cooler. She may just be chilled , how cold is it where you are?
     
  5. PunkinPeep

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    did you hatch them yourself or get them from a hatchery?

    her symptoms sound like the way coccidiosis presents. if you can, isolate her and check out her poop. see whether she is eating and drinking.

    sometimes chickens can get cocci exposure at the hatchery.

    have they been outside at all? to free range a little? she could have been exposed then.

    if it is cocci, you'll want to treat the whole flock with Corid right away.

    i'm not sure if the heavy breathing and fast heart beats are consistent with cocci, so more information would be helpful - especially to those more knowledgeable than i am.
     
  6. Raekins

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    Its been really hot at my house lately, we've had a hot summer so far and I take them outside about 3-4 times a week. I usually turn the light off during the daytime because it gets hot and they usually pant and then I turn it on at nite. They've never had a problem with it.

    She eats and drinks plenty, theres only two of them and I usually always have to refill the water and food every day.

    I just looked at her and she had just now pooped a pasty white liquid.. What would that mean??
     
  7. PunkinPeep

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    Quote:The white poop could be just because she's drinking and not eating.

    OR

    Can you look at it really close and see if you see worms - or anything moving? You'll want to look at it as soon as possible after she poops it because worms may stop moving pretty fast after they're out of the chicken's body.
     
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

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    If your house is hot that may be it. Can you have a fan for them maybe? Maybe move the lamp up since they are getting older?

    edited to add: dont blow the fan directly on them..but enough to circulate the air around them.
     
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  9. Raekins

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    I definatley didnt see any worms, I checked that. It was about a nickel size of a poop too so it wasnt that much. Could she be constipated??
     
  10. PunkinPeep

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    I have to say that knowing that they go outside a little, i would be surprised if they haven't been exposed a little to cocci. Cocci doesn't always immediately present with the bloody poop. I'm not an expert, so take my advice how you like, but if you were me, and i were you, and what not, i would treat for cocci - like tomorrow.

    My chicks got cocci at 4 weeks. Only one showed symptoms at first. The only difference is that mine had bloody poop.
     

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