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I'm a new chicken mama with sick chick!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HealingHens, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. HealingHens

    HealingHens In the Brooder

    Dec 29, 2016
    I'm trying to figure out what's wrong with my polish 2wk old. Her buddy died spontaneously with no warning signs last week and now this one had blood and discharge coming from her vent. She did poop a bit ago and it looked normal. The pic who's the blue kote this morning I was worried about the baby RIReds pecking her. [​IMG]I've only had chicks since December and these are the newest additions. This one had pasty butt a few days after I got her but had been totally fine since. U used blue kite and antibiotic ointment. I gave her electrolytes, tried scrambled egg but she won't eat. Panting quite a bit [​IMG] I think I'll try prepH. She's wrapped up in a little box next to me for the time being. Thanks for any wisdom!

  2. RIRs are known to be aggressive....Chicks and Chickens....:(......Blu-kote is only good to mask the redness....Vaseline will stop picking...Chickens hate it....
    Hope it pulls through ...

  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Pure bred old heritage RIR are about the most docile unagressive chickens in the world. I have 7 of them from a batch of eggs I hatched from a breeder who raises an old line. Even my low ranking banties push them around, and most of the hens weigh 9-10 pounds. Hatchery RIR are mixed breed chickens (with RIR blood) bred to lay eggs every day, so they can be different from the old lines.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2017

  4. Good for you..;).....I do not believe that is what the OP is dealing with...:).....highly probabable they are the factory Reds....;)


  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Free Ranging

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Hi [​IMG] Welcome To BYC

    You mention your little one had blood and discharge coming from her vent. Do you think this was caused by pecking injury - do you see any wounds on the vent - or do you think it was caused by constipation, prolapsed vent?

    If you can post a better photo so we can see, that may be helpful - it's hard to tell if it's prolapsed a little or not. Soak her vent in a warm epsom salts bath, dry her well and apply some hemorrhoid cream or honey to the vent to help reduce swelling.

    You also mention that she is panting, make sure she is not too hot and try to get her hydrated. Offer her some vitamins or electrolytes in her water.

    Keep us posted.

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