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Sick 6/7 week old chick, not sure what it is

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KelseyMarie, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. KelseyMarie

    KelseyMarie Hatching

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    Hello all! I just bought my first chicken, a Silkie, last weekend. She/he is 6 or 7 weeks old, i'm scared she/he is sick and i'm not sure what she/he might have. Im thinking Gapeworm or ear mites?

    Symptoms:
    stretching neck and what looks like gasping
    occasional diarrhea
    shaking head
    itching ears
    itching right eye
    right eye sometimes has a little crust that forms in it and there is a loss of feathers around it

    Right eye vs. Left eye
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    Im not sure what I should give to her at this age or if i should just take her to the vet. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know!
     
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  2. NewToFarming

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    My guess would be some sort of eye infection or respiratory infection or both. I would put an antibiotic eye ointment in the eye and also maybe give some antibiotics in the water.
     
  3. KelseyMarie

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    Are there any specific brands I should look at? I was just told to get Neosporin for her eye
     
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  4. NewToFarming

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    I have heard you can use that but I have used the terramycin eye ointment for mine. I got mine at Tractor Supply and it was a bit pricey at 14.95 for a small tube. But it did work really well. I just didn't feel comfortable putting the neopsorin in the eye but I know others have done it.
    I also gave youngsters the duramycin. It is a powder and I used about an 1/8 of a teaspoon per gallon of water.
     

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