Loud chirping and not pooping - what should I do? [video included]

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Cygnis, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. Cygnis

    Cygnis In the Brooder

    Aug 14, 2011
    My 4-day-old Light Brahma is having issues pooping. When we we woke up she had pasty butt which I wiped away but now she's just not pooping! I'm really concerned. Here is a video of what she does: http://s962.photobucket.com/albums/ae102/silence_within/?action=view&current=MVI_0096.mp4

    has not pooped in about an hour whereas her brooder mate poops regularly. I'm about to give her a bath (in a really warm bathroom) to get that butt completely cleaned and hopefully she'll release into the bath.

    I read that molasses water is helpful with constipation but I worry about giving a laxative to a 4-day-old chick. At any rate, what dosage should I do? I saw 1 drop per tablespoon of water - does that sound right?
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011

  2. reelaxd

    reelaxd In the Brooder

    Jul 6, 2011
    my RIR chick did that and acted like she needed to poop...i had also just cleaned her butt off and a little while later she pooped so im thinking she will be just fine......she did the exact same thing that urs did in the video
  3. yankeefan

    yankeefan In the Brooder

    Jun 18, 2011
    Upstate NY
    Good luck, I hope everything turns out ok.
  4. chicktwins

    chicktwins Chirping

    May 5, 2011
    Eastern Shore
    That's a tricky one!! Poor thing looks so pitiful in the video. I could tell you what we would do with kittens and puppies, maybe it could work for a chick?? Only after gently stimulating the rectum with warm water and washcloth and still no poop. If you have a thermometer or small syringe you could put vaseline on the tip and gently insert just the tip into the rectum to help stimulate the muscles to push the foreign object out. It gives the feeling that there is something there that needs to come out. Very important that you only barely put it inside the rectum so you don't do any damage to the tissue and surrounding organs.
    Maybe a more experienced chicken person will come along and tell you if this could be a potential treatment.
    Is the chick eating and drinking? Maybe some electrolytes would help.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011
  5. Cygnis

    Cygnis In the Brooder

    Aug 14, 2011
    Thanks for your help! I was soaking her little butt in warm water and she emptied herself quite liberally. I gave her some molasses water and now she seems to be doing fine. [​IMG]

  6. Honeysucklefeathers

    Honeysucklefeathers Songster

    Jul 19, 2011
    western KY
    So glad she's better!

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