Respiratory infection in baby chick

Chickslady

In the Brooder
Aug 12, 2020
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Hi all,
I think my 3 week old baby chick has an respiratory infection. She shakes her head and sneezes and sounds like something is stuck in her throat. She also breathes fast and closses her eyes a lot. She is till eating and drinking well.
I’m new at this . My first time hatching chicks.
I’d appreciate any advice on what I can do to help her and or if I should separate her and or treat the others.
Thanks.
 

azygous

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Between two and three weeks is usually when crop issues appear. Check her crop. Compare to the normal chicks. If it's more full than a walnut size pouch, she may be backed up. This can cause fluid backing up into the trachea and it will sound a lot like a respiratory illness, sneezing and coughing.

Also check the vent for clogged poop. It may be necessary to isolate the chick for a while while you watch to see if she's pooping and what the poop looks like.

Have you been feeding treats? If so, what are they? Have the chicks been getting grit?
 

Chickslady

In the Brooder
Aug 12, 2020
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Central New Hampshire
Thanks for replying..
I’ve been feeding them starter feed. Non-medicated at first then decided after this chick wasn’t doing well that maybe I should give them some medicated starter which I just gave them some today. I’ve offered a little fruit for snacks but they haven’t been interested.
I have not checked her crop so ill do that. If its clogged ,what do I do?
Just an FYI they haven’t been outside .I keep them in a large tote with a lamp. I raised their mothers the same way and they are very healthy hens so I’m stumped as to how they’d have gotten sick at all .
Like I said I’m still pretty new at this.
 

azygous

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If the crop is very hard and large, and the chick doesn't seem to be pooping or is trying to poop and chirps rapidly and loudly while straining, it needs to be treated with coconut oil. Measure a teaspoon. Divide into pea size pieces, chill slightly, and feed one piece at a time into the beak. Then gently massage the crop until you feel the mass break up and go down.

You can give another teaspoon of oil if the first one doesn't clear the crop.

Be sure the chicks have plenty of water that is easy to access. I had a chick get impacted around this age when the nipple water bottle failed due to poor venting.
 

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