Need help ASAP one chick already dead!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Teresaann24, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    Ok on wensday me and my aunt recived 8 silkie chicks and 17 packing peanuts.

    Today one of my aunts SILKIE CHICKS passed away...Yesterday all chicks were fine. Today she noticed one was gasping for air. Noticed that it had like poop stuck in its but not like pasty butt when it is clung to the outside and around the butt and feathers.

    She pulled it out of its butt its like hard poop. a couple of them are like this its like that are constapaited.

    The chick that was gasping for air died.

    Now the 6 chicks I have are not like this at all so what is going on? Any advice? Plz!
     
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  2. Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,


    I am not too keen on this but, maybe it has to do with their diets?? See a vet or an avian doctor.


    Wish you the best of luck,


    Fresh eggs


    P.S. Maybe they are stressed, so look to see if u could place them in a calmer, secluded area so they do not get too startled if that is the case.
     
  3. tim_TX

    tim_TX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a chance that they have eaten litter? What type of litter/floor do you have down? I always start with newspaper on top of pine shavings for the 1st 48 hours until they know what food is.
     
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  4. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    I've had this happen when they are delivered or shortly after. Probably just couldn't make the trip. If the rest look fine then don't worry about it. Probably related to shipping.
     
  5. maymiegirl

    maymiegirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did the chicks come from a hatchery? You need to remove the blockages from the hiney, gently squeeze the rear and cause the chick to expel the rest of the blockage; then use a lukewarm cloth to clean around it. VetRX is a wonderful med to massage all around the butt. Mix it into warm water at about a TEASPOON for a quarter cup of really warm water and rub it on with a soft, warm cloth. Just watch them very closely and keep the duct cleared. Eventually the poop should get normal.

    I do know that if the blockage is not removed the impacted duct will kill them. I read the above process on a net posting. It also said to add electrolytes such as pedialyte to the baby's water container.
     
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  6. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    Are they drinking water? You may need to show them how to drink and make sure they each get some water in them. It's also good to add some vitamins/electrolites or Poly-Vi-Sol to their water when you first get them. They've normally been at least the first three days of their lives without so much as a sip of water when they arrive and are easily dehydrated.
     
  7. maymiegirl

    maymiegirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is also an excellent idea to quaranteen them from all other healthy babies for a few weeks--just to be sure it's nothing more serious.[​IMG]

    I am so sorry about your aunt.
     
  8. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    Quote:You know I had to read the original post two or three times before I realized it wasn't the aunt that passed away it was one of the aunt's chicks that passed away. It's funny how a little apostrophe can change the meaning completely. [​IMG]
     
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  9. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    Mine are all ok...they are eating and drinking and pooing fine.

    My aunts however a few of them are packed up.
    She has had them on newspaper till this afternoon she says they are all eating and drinking.

    When they got here i went chick by chick and dipped thier beaks into some pedilyte.

    She bought some today and is giving it to them. I will tell her about all this and let her get to work on getting these babies well.

    She is going to contact our farm vet in the morning and see what he suggests.

    Anymore advice would be great never can do enough to save these babies.
     
  10. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    Quote:You know I had to read the original post two or three times before I realized it wasn't the aunt that passed away it was one of the aunt's chicks that passed away. It's funny how a little apostrophe can change the meaning completely. [​IMG]

    Wow i didnt realize that sounded like that untill i reread it myself too.

    I am so sorry for anyone who misread that i'll fix it!
     

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