Rapid heart beat

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JulieZ, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. JulieZ

    JulieZ Songster

    Feb 5, 2010
    Trenton, Florida
    My new chick "Mork" has a rapid heart beat. Not really sure about his breathing but that little heart of his is beating a mile a minute. He seems tired but eats & drinks. The other thing is his lower abdomen. He had putty booty so I cleaned him up. Now his belly is a bit swollen & he has plucked off all the feathers. It looks bad. Thinking it to be constipation as I watched him for at least a half hour & he never pooped, I gave him a little vegetable oil. But even before pasty butt, he has always had a rapid heart beat. Any ideas what causes that? I'm worried I will loose him.

  2. Lorije1

    Lorije1 Songster

    Mar 13, 2010
    most animals dehydration and pain are the culprits behind a rapid heart rate. no help I know.... but it's a 'bump"
  3. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Songster

    Nov 14, 2008
    Lynn Haven, FL
    Don't worry about the rapid heartbeat. A chicken's heart beats 275 times a minute.


    It's interesting that according to the website above, only humans and chickens get more than 2 billion heartbeats in their life time!
  4. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Boerne, TX
    I had a little sweetie this spring who was born with a rapid heartbeat. She also labored in her breathing. She was treated in every way I knew, and no one ever got it (she hatched with 36 others). She lived for about 6 weeks, it just got gradually worse until she died one afternoon in my arms. I cried my eyes out. She really tried to make it. i wonder if she had a heart defect. if you felt another chick's heartrate, it was much slower than hers. I hope you little chick gets better!!

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