Please help! Chick with issues

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cedarcovefarm, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. cedarcovefarm

    cedarcovefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've posted this in another thread if you've already seen it please disregard.
    I have a little chick about 2 weeks old. Part of a staggered hatch. I believe one of the other chicks may have jumped on it. Anyways, it's got a slipped tendon that we've been caring for and trying to heal for a few days, but it's making a strange motion with its neck. I can't tell if this is a reflex or a seizure.. Please watch this YouTube video and give me your input [VIDEO]
     
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  2. Sonya9

    Sonya9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chick sounds very unhappy, possibly afraid/lonely and/or cold.

    What is up with the red marks? Are you sure there are no lice? Are you gently scratching the chicks head/neck area where she can't reach? If she can't scratch she may be itchy due to feather growth.

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  3. cedarcovefarm

    cedarcovefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her skin is just a reddish pink color. That's the color she was when she hatched. I'm pretty sure there's no lice. I hatched her and she never been outside. I do believe she gets cold but I can't figure out that weird spasm. That's a good thought on scratching. I'll definetly do that. And thanks for the info on embedding the video. I had no idea about that[​IMG]
     
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  4. Sonya9

    Sonya9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a heat source for her? Cold is very bad for chicks and that could be the death of her in the long run. There is a thread on making a "heating pad brooder", basically taking a heating pad, making a little cave out of it and letting the chick go in and out to warm up as needed.
     
  5. cedarcovefarm

    cedarcovefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a ceramic heat bulb over its brooder. I also put a petsafe heating pad under its paper towels after realizing it just wasn't warm enough. I'm also covering it will little scraps of flannel fabric[​IMG]my husband thinks I've lost my mind
     
  6. Sonya9

    Sonya9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just make sure the chick can get away from the heat too! I might try covering the heating pad with felt and making a little snuggle cave for the chick, it may be more comforting since the little thing is alone. Heck I might chick nap another one to keep her company.

    Keep in mind for a flock/social animal like chickens a chick by themselves usually = dead chick. That has to cause a lot of psychological stress which is not good for their health.
     
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