Need more help with constipated chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by flakey chick, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
    Florida
    I have a BR chick who will be one week old tomorrow. She has had some problems with poopy butt that I have cleaned up. Unfortunately she is MAJORLY constipated. (Went > 16 hours without one pooh). I got some recomendations to giver Dasani and make a yogurt mash with her starter crumbles. I have manged to get some of that down her.

    Every now and then she falls down and cant get up. Just when I think I shouldn't force her to suffer any longer, she shows an incredible fight.I have steamed her butt. Bathed her butt in warm water, massaged her belly and was able to get a tin pooh out. I just don't know what else to do. I am afraid she may have a prolapsed rectum. Should I try to push it back in?

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    She has a tremendous amount of fight. I would be greatful for any help to get her to pull through.
     
  2. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * I can't see the pic, but you think it's a 'prolapse', like a hernia or maybe like a hemorroid?? Or, is she bulging with more poo?? Does she seem in pain when you touch her?
     
  3. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
    Florida
    It is a small bulge that looks sort of like part of the vent. She seems to be in constant pain weather or not I am touching her.
     
  4. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
    Florida
    OK, here is the pic.
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  5. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe you could get a few drops of some kind of vegetable oil down her to help lubricate things? That helps some animals.
    I really don't know about prolapse possibility.
    Experiences that may/may not help in deciding on action.
    I had a young guinea pig that the vet diagnosed as not developing large enough inside to be able to pass poops. He had a poop portruding when we took him to the vet and was straining. He had to be put down.
    I had a kitten that was dragging his hind legs one day. By the next day, an abscess of pus had broken through the skin in his back, and he could then walk again. I'm guessing the pus had been putting too much pressure on his spine. A few days later the kitten began showing he was having difficulty pooping. I'm wondering if he had a similar problem to the guinea pig and bowel leakage had caused the earlier infection?? I've heard the no-room-to-pass-poop condition can be extremely painful. The kitten showed terrible pain toward the end of the 2 weeks I treated him. He died when I tried to give it an enema and used too much water pressure. I still have great guilt and pain over all that sometimes.
    God bless you in your trials with your chick. I am praying for you both.
     
  6. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
    Florida
    She is still fighting and has passed some poop. She is too weak to eat or drink on her own, but strong enough to pull away when I try to get her too eat or drink.
     
  7. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad to hear she was able to poop.
    You might want to add a little sugar to her food or water for energy, too, and electrolytes if you have any (but not a mix that also has minerals--Some minerals can be lethal to chicks in high concentrations, I've heard).
    Still cheering and praying for you both!
     
  8. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BTW--If she gets any more pasty-butt problems--I've had success at eradicating this by trimming the fluff away from chick's vents using tiny scissors. Then you don't have to risk chills from bathing as much, and I don't think the bare hiney spot causes them any real problem.
    Best wishes!
     
  9. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Ive got two right now, one of which that has some sort of similar issue. Nothin' 'prolapsed' or anything like that, just a poop smear on the butt.
    The other one? Healthy as a horse, so to speak.
     

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