MIRACLE!!! Thank you BYC!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MamaJohnson, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. MamaJohnson

    MamaJohnson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two days ago I found one of my 10 day old chicks very pasted, and her vent was extrememly swollen, enlarged, and plugged with hard black poop. I read all I could about this on BYC and asked for any and all advice. Thank you one and all for your suggestions of warm water soaks, Vaseline, monitoring behavior, etc. I took your advice and worked on (soaked and soaked and swabbed and swabbed) this little girl off and on for the past two days. But last night, when she still had not pooped, and was still as plugged and swollen as could be (poor little thing - her vent was approx. 1/3 inch in diameter, and on a 10 day old Cochin Bantam, that is BIG!!), I resorted to some prayer and went to bed thinking, I have done all I can... I'm gonna wake up to find a dead chick for sure. [​IMG] Then this morning, we did an early morning soak/swab, and then when I went out to check, that little girl was standing in the middle of, I kid you not, approx. 4" worth of hard black poop logs!! Her vent was DRASTICALLY reduced in size (although still somewhat inflamed and raw - after pooping THAT out, no surprise!!), and right in front of me she was eagerly gulping water and eating food. First time I've ever taken a tray of poop throughout my house to show off to my family!! I wanted to take a picture!! I've soaked her off and on today, done some Betadine rinses (again, thank you for the advice), and have kept her lubed with Vaseline, and all afternoon, she's pooped normal green, soft, beautiful poops!!! I could cry! Thank you friends, for giving me the advice that saved this little chicks life! [​IMG]
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Yeah! The good guys win another one. [​IMG]

    Imp
     
  3. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

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    hee! A few more chicken sitz baths and she'll be good as new!

    No really, it was the prayer that did it. [​IMG] Congrats!
     
  4. heritagebirds

    heritagebirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
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    So happy that your chickie is fine!
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Good for you for caring enough to help her. [​IMG] I'm so happy to hear she's doing well and recovering from her constipation.
     
  6. I'vegotchickenfever

    I'vegotchickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First time I've ever taken a tray of poop throughout my house to show off to my family!! I wanted to take a picture!!

    and all afternoon, she's pooped normal green, soft, beautiful poops!!!

    Now That's a PROUD mama!!! [​IMG]

    Good Job!​
     
  7. MamaJohnson

    MamaJohnson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you all! One tiny part of my brain whispers (too many years of living in Big City) 'you might be a little strange for caring this much about a chicken'. You have no idea how much good it does me to find people who understand!!! I'm not strange!! I love these little fuzzy babies, and that's OK!!! [​IMG]
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You did a great job! Never heard of that happening exactly that way, but this is terrific news! Glad she is pooping like a champ!
     
  9. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Never thought I'd see the day when a pooping chick brought tears to my eyes. Never say never...
     
  10. marymac

    marymac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I SECOND THAT!!!!!!!!
     

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