Moving Thread: Listless 7 week old Silkie

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kelpie, May 20, 2008.

  1. Kelpie

    Kelpie Songster

    May 20, 2008
    Charles Town, WV
    Hello, I posted this in emergencies but it looks like this section sees a lot more action so I'm trying to move it. If this is against forum rules please delete. Thank you so much!

    My pullet is definitely ailing from something and I am turning to you for advice. I went to feed my flock last night and she just slept whilst the others ate. I couldn't get her interested. I picked her up to examine her and knew something was wrong because usually she's very skittish. She doesn't appear injured at all. I took her inside to isolate her, gave her a bit of nutritional drench in her mouth and some in her water too (she did drink a bit). I gave her food and she gave it a few pecks but didn't eat much. Besides being sleepy and sedate her breathing seems heavier than normal but is not labored or accompanied by the noises of respiratory distress. Her droppings are watery. Two other things I should mention are:

    For the last 1.5 weeks she's been getting duck/goose starter as I have the chicks in with 2 week old goslings. When the goslings are older I want them to reside in my fenced yard and the chickens to reside in the 8x13 roofed kennel where they are now. The kennel has a suspended heat lamp they sleep around at night and it's between 75-85 degrees under it. During the day they run around the kennel which has poultry netting around the perimeter to make the chain link smaller. Is the food ok for them? The nutritional info seemed very close to chick starter.

    The other day I was in a rush and I gave them water from the pig's baby swimming pool to drink, it was pretty clean but had some tannins and mosquito larvea in it. I figured once they are older I won't be able to stop them from drinking where they please. I now think this was a dumb move and gave them regular water in a new bowl.

    Sorry for the long post but I don't want to leave anything out. Does anyone have advice on how to help my chicken? Thank you so very much for your time and caring!

    Update- I put honeydew melon and boiled egg in there for her. She pecked at the egg after I waved it in her face for a while but has no inclination to keep eating it. Her droppings have changed from basically just water to reddish brown diarrhea. It is hard for me to say if it's bloody or not because it's almost the exact same color as the molasses based nutritional drench I gave her last night. The drench probably has electrolytes but I am going to add a bit of powered Gatorade to her water too.

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