Showgirl chick small and seemingly distressed

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jilara, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. Jilara

    Jilara Songster

    Aug 4, 2008
    Bay Area, CA
    It's part of the clutch of chicks I hatched from fertilized eggs. The other six, at 2 1/2 weeks, are bulking up and doing fine. This baby started showing up as undersized as of last week, and chirps a lot. Unless it's being held, it's chirping most the time, which I take as a sign of distress.

    The chicks were brooded by hens and go into the run to forage, now. It trails behind the others and has a more huddled posture. Often, it's separate from the main bulk of the chicks and seems to be breathing through its mouth a lot of the time. After watching this in chillier temperatures, and feeling there was something wrong, I took it inside. It's now in the bathtub with a heating pad, food, and water.

    It has stopped the incessant chirping, but still isn't terribly active. It seems to be eating, drinking, and pooping normally. I put a little sugar and apple cider vinegar in the water, and am hoping to either have it recover or see if there is something more I can do, maybe learn something from you folks. Or wait for death, since I really don't have the foggiest idea of what's wrong. The warmth seems to help, though.

    Any thoughts or suggestions.

  2. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Songster

    Sep 27, 2009
    North Texas
    I am new to chickens, so i can't really offer any advice.

    You might try posting this in the emergency section to see what kind of response you get.
  3. Jilara

    Jilara Songster

    Aug 4, 2008
    Bay Area, CA
    Well, after a night with the heating pad in the bathtub, it's not sounding so distressed. The chirps have a slightly different quality, more trill-y, like the others make. I think I'll try raising Cheeper in the bathtub for a while and see if it helps. This guy is a lot smaller than the rest, and might have been getting crowded out from under mama by the bigger chicks. Still not exactly lively. I could lose it, and I hate losing a Showgirl chick, but I want to at least give this guy a fighting chance.
  4. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    I lost a showgirl chick, pretty much the same symptoms. I think some just fail to thrive. I have another white Silkie out of the same flock that is extremely small and the feathering is not right. She is still alive, but she is not growing.

    I hope someone has an answer.

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