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My week old chick is acting sick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by heather1234, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. heather1234

    heather1234 Out Of The Brooder

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    I need help! I have a week old chick that started acting kind of down a few hours ago. She doesn't want to play eat or drink. Then we noticed she pooped clear. This is our first time ever having them and I don't know what to do. She won't even lay down to sleep. I'll hold her and rock her and she will sleep. She just acts super really tired and I don't know if it means anything. Someone said it may be cocci? I looked it up and should go ahead and treat my whole flock? I dont have anywhere else to quarantine her unfortunately. Thanks
     
  2. coach723

    coach723 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would treat the whole bunch. If you use Corid or Amprol the treatment is very safe. Follow treatment with vitamins and probiotics in the water.
    The following thread gives doses for the powder and liquid (3rd and 4th posts):
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/976541/coccidiosis
    You need to make a fresh solution every day of the treatment period.
    Young chicks are very susceptible, so I would start treatment as soon as possible. If the chick stops drinking you can use an eye dropper or syringe, very carefully (don't want to put it in the lungs), to get some down until it starts drinking again on it's own.
     
  3. heather1234

    heather1234 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you!
     
  4. heather1234

    heather1234 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have the corid. But now she seems better. Not as active but more than yesterday. And she actually took food out of my hand. So should i still give them the corid? Do you think she was just stressed yesterday?
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Coccidiosis usually isn't seen in chicks that young. It is more common after 3 weeks. At her age I would give her lots of water with vitamins and electrolytes (SaveAChick or other brands at farm stores.) Dip her beak as often as you can if she acts lethargic. Make sure she is warm enough, but has a cooler spot to get to. Corid won't harm them if you feel that is the issue. Here are some good articles on coccidiosis:
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/12/coccidiosis-what-backyard-chicken.html
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/2/Coccidiosis Management/43/symptoms-and-diagnosis/
     
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    We were putting electrolytes in the water. Can you put the electrolytes and vitamins at the same time? Cause there were packets of each. Also, if i put the corid in should i stop those or put all 3 in the water?
     
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    So i have an update on my chick. She is still acting the same. I put the corid in the water but it has no effect on her. I put a screen like thing in the tub they are in so they wont pick on her much. She will barely eat. Doesn't drink. We dip her beak in the water periodically but she wont take much. Should i stop the corid and just put vitamins? Can i put them both in at the same time? I have electrolytes packets. Can i mix those and vitamins with the water? All three corid, vitamins, electrolytes? Idk what to do. Also she lays on her side with the wings outish. Is that normal?Thanks
     
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2016
  8. Eggcessive

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    Vitamins and electrolytes are usually together in a product such as SaveAChick or any poultry vitamin. Don't mix them with anything else. Do you have the Corid liquid or Powder? If you have the liquid Corid you can give her a drop orally 3 times a day. If you have the powder, put 1 1/2 tsp in 2 tsp or 10 ml of water. That is equal to liquid Corid, so give her a drop 3 times a day. Then continue the vitamins/electrolytes in her water, and give her some of that with a syringe or dropper, only a drop at a time so she can swallow.
    Make sure that she is warm enough (about 85-90F under a heat lamp for a week old chick) and that she has a cooler spot to escape to if she's too warm. Check her vent (butt) for pasting up, and wash off if necessary with warm water.
     

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