Lethargic Chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by breen, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. breen

    breen Hatching

    Sep 22, 2013
    New York State
    Hi everyone,

    So, I have a one month old chick. She is very sleepy, but is eating and pooping. In her shipment, five chicks came stumbling, ansome couldn't walk. The five chicks all died in one night. The chick doesn't move around and has dilated eyes. I'm wondering if she will get better, or is even sick at all.

  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    I think that she is sick. Personally, I'd treat her for Coccidiosis. Coccidiosis often affects birds of this age. It causes droopiness, sleepiness, paleness, lack of appetite, and sometimes bloody dirrhea. Your bird fits some of these symptoms. The treatment for Coccidosis is Cord (Amprolium), either liquid or powder. The Corid liquid dosage is 2 teaspoons per gallon of water, and the Corid powder is 3/4 teaspoon per gallon of water. Both are given for five days. While treating, don't give dairy products or apple cider vinegar.

    Until you get Corid, give some powdered milk or buttermilk. This will help prevent the effects of Coccidiosis from getting out of hand before you can start treatment. Also, give electrolytes and sugar water to keep her energy up.

    Coccidiosis is one possiblity, but it may not be the disease. What temperature are your chicks being kept at, and, what are you feeding them? Does the chick have splayed legs ?

    Hope this helps!
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2013
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    This may just be a delayed reaction to the stress from shipping or that she has "failure to thrive."
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    She could be ill with Coccidiosis like Wyandottes7 thought, or she might not be. I would get some chick vitamins/electrolytes and possibly some probiotics and put them in her water to boost her energy.

    Unfortunately, your chick might just have some sort of internal defect, and will never thrive. Hopefully, though, that isn't the case and she recovers.

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