New chick breathing heavily!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sekeyslaks, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. sekeyslaks

    sekeyslaks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello![​IMG]

    My newborn EE chick is only a few days old and it's breathing more heavily than my other chicks,and when I pick it up I hear a clicking sound when it's breathing like this(Also it's mouth is closed)!The chick eats and drinks normally and plays with the others normally! I have a 65 watt bulb on the brooder,and they can get away from the heat if their too hot! I'm very worried and I want to know how to help it!Can someone please help me figure out what is wrong!
     
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  2. Toddrick

    Toddrick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of mind sounded that way for a couple days. She may have aspirated a little bit of water from drinking too fast, or she could have just been overly excited about being picked up. Anyways, it seems to have gone away.
     
  3. sekeyslaks

    sekeyslaks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone else?? The chick is breathing heavily still and today it's starting to open it's mouth a little too!!I don't know what this is!Please help!It's also sneezing!
     
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  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Examine the chick all over and look for any puffy spots on either side that could be a leaking air sac. A leaking air sac can occur with an injury, and can cause respiratory distress. Since it is sneezing, it could be the start of a respiratory disease. Be sure to identify the crop in the upper right chest. Were these your hatched chicks or did they come from somewhere else? LS50 or oxytetracycline can be used in the water to treat respiratory diseases in chicks. Here is a link to read about common infectious diseases, and look at infectious bronchitis, MG, coryza, and ILT. Brooder pneumonia or aspergillosis is common in chicks where there is mold from spilled water in the bedding. Here is the link:
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
     
  5. sekeyslaks

    sekeyslaks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No puffy spots(Thank goodness!) Thanks a lot for all that info it's very interesting!I just checked the chick and it looks like it's doing better!No very hard breathing like before or sneezing(I'm using hay,maybe it had just sneezed from dust?)And yes this is a hatched chick from my flock.I'm happy it's feeling better,and I hope this doesn't pop up again!
     

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