Is this bantam chick normal or sick??? HELP!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gumpsgirl, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I got a little bantam Ameraucana yesterday and ever since I got it home it has been acting really strange and irritated. It keeps peeping like crazy, keeps shaking its head, and scratching its head. I'm not sure how old it is but I think it is just around a week old. I have never had bantams before, so I don't know what "normal" bantam behavior is! Could this be mites on a chick this young? I've looked her over throughly and can't see anything, but something really seems to be bothering her. I have little d'Uccles hatching as we speak and was planning on just putting her in with them, but I don't want to pass anything along to those new babies. Does anyone have any idea what could be the issue here? [​IMG]
     
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  2. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    Some chicks are just peepers and peep none stop.

    No clue on the other stuff...I haven't had any bantams doing that. Do you have any DE? If so, maybe you could put some in there for it to dust in?
     
  3. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
    I need to know as well!!! One of mine is doing this same thing... no other symptoms. I'm going to give it some vitamins..... anything else I should know?
     
  4. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Me too! I noticed last night that one of my 2 week old bantam cochins is shaking his head a lot. I didn't notice any scratching. I looked her over and didn't see anything resembling parasites. Looks totally normal otherwise...eating, drinking, etc.
     
  5. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    check the beaks (nostrils)and make sure they are clear
     
  6. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
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    Mine had cheek feathers getting in his eyes, oiled them down and he has been fine.
     
  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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