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lethargic chick with labored breathing

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hwally, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. hwally

    hwally In the Brooder

    Aug 10, 2008
    I live in Mexico and have some very small chickens the locals call Costa Ricans. We have three chicks, about 3 weeks old. I noticed one is off by itsself and seems to have labored breathing. It also has bare shin showing in circles around its eyes. The other two seem fine. The chick was lively when I caught it and ran away when I let it go. I checked it's crop and the other end to see if it was plugged off outside of the eyes everything else seems fine. We don't have any vets here so we usually try herbal or other such remedies. We do have a in the next village. Thaanks for any help.
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Gosh I wish I had an answer for you, and I hope someone helps!
  3. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    Quote:I had one go like that this month. I brought her in, kept her warm, gave her vitamins - poly vi sol (childrens vit drops - the kind without iron), added electrolytes to her water, and fed her very high calorie warmed damp food a few times a day ( I had made homemade chicken soup - I used all the vegetables I'd used for stock and some of the broth and fat to mix with her food - made a paste and fed it)

    When it got bad I stuck a humidifier next to her cage for a few days.

    She's since recovered and begun to buff back out. I think she'd been hurt or trapped at some point and gotten cold and sick. It's quite cold here now. But an injury or being stuck trapped somewhere can start a chick into shock and make them vulnerable to illness.

    Good luck.

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