My baby chick is suddenly gasping or air

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cwulf86, Mar 2, 2017.

  1. cwulf86

    cwulf86 Just Hatched

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    I have a chick that is suddenly gasping for air. I separated her and tried to give her some sugar water. She's very weak and can't stand or hold her wings. This just started a couple hours ago. What else do I do?! They have had 1 round of save-a-chick electrolytes and probiotics in the water. All other chicks seem okay for now. I just lost a chick this morning because of it's gasping for air! What do I do? What can I do? and what antibiotics do I need to get from the vet?
     
  2. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im glad you separated her.Encourage her to drink the sugar water( Sav-a-Chick Would be better) by dipping her beak in the water for a few seconds.You can also offer her eggs and tuna and wet mashed chick starter.Just make sure she is hydrated.How often do you clean there bedding?Is there brooder dusty?Is there any other symptoms?Discharge for the eyes and nose?Sneezing?
     
  3. cwulf86

    cwulf86 Just Hatched

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    I clean the bedding once a day. There is no dust in the brooder. No discharge from eyes,nose and no sneezing. She is literally just gasping for air and laying down.
     
  4. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does it feel like something is in her throat stuck?How old are they?Have they touched soil yet?.Try giving her water often and hopefully she will get better.Hopefully others will have a input.
     
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  5. cwulf86

    cwulf86 Just Hatched

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    symptoms improve when i hold her upright but when i set her down she just lays there. She pooped 2x in a matter of 10 minutes which was watery and there was some white in it
     
  6. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Added more questions to my previous post.
     
  7. cwulf86

    cwulf86 Just Hatched

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    I bought them from the local farm store on Saturday (almost 6 days ago), it is cold outside here so they have not been on soil. i started them on just paper towels and just put in large pine wood shavings yesterday.
     
  8. springbeez

    springbeez New Egg

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    We are just now recovering from this, too. Went to the farm store and in their horse aisle (of all things) they had tylan. Yes it is in horse and swine strength, but I bought a dropper with a very fine tip and filled half with water and then added only about 2 mm of the tylan to the water. I then shook the heck out of it to mix. I put only about two very very small drops in the chicks mouth. Waited about four hours and voila! The chick is now up and eating. Yayy. Stuff is kind of spendy (19.00 for 100mL). It comes in a syringe bottle so you will have to use something sharp to poke a hole through the top. I just used a nail, it works. Just waiting to see if I can save the second one. I also took their box out and emptied it and sprayed it down with 409. Gave them nice clean water and even added a little of the tylan to it. Fresh alder shavings for bedding and they are pretty well set. Hope this helps.

    Cheers
     
  9. cwulf86

    cwulf86 Just Hatched

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    Unfortunatly I lost mine, I had to run to the local vet and buy the antibiotic Terymycin to put in their water. Was only able to save one by the time that I go it. :( Glad you saved yours in time...what is the Tylan? Is that some sore of antibiotic for horses?
     
  10. springbeez

    springbeez New Egg

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    Yes, tylan seems to be primarily for horses and swine. I read about the recommendation on another blog and was lucky enough that our local Wilco store
    where we bought the chicks from had a smaller bottle on hand. We did not save the second chick, but batting one for two isn't too bad. The Ameracauna
    we were able to save, but the Rhoadie was just too far gone. She was a lot smaller than the rest. The other three seem to be full of it this morning and doing good.
     

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