Sick baby silkie, help!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Orcae, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. Orcae

    Orcae Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my baby silkies is sick! She's lethargic, wont open her left eye, and wont hold her head up! I found her laying lifelessly in the food dish with her head hanging out and thought she was dead! We cant take her to a vet right now, dad's at work and we only have one car.
    Please help!! [​IMG]
     
  2. chickengrandma

    chickengrandma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    See if you can get some scrambled egg and/or yogurt in to her - to start with. Also, get an eye dropper or syringe and drip water into her beak. Start with getting her the very basics.

    Then, we need some more info:
    --- how old
    --- other symptoms
    --- how is her poo
    --- fill us in on everything you can so we can try to help make a diagnosis
     
  3. Orcae

    Orcae Out Of The Brooder

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    She's 11-12 weeks old. Lethargic, cant hold her head up, wont open her eyes. 1st poo was liquid, 2nd was normal - both very smelly. She was fine last night. I have her on a zipper bag of hot water since she feels cold (our power is out - I'm on battery - cant do too much without electricity)
    Another site said to give her gatoraid. I gave her warm gatoraid and she perked up a little for a few minutes, then went lethargic again. All she wants to do is sleep. She's refusing food..wont swallow it if I get some into her beak. Just spits it back out.
     
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  4. Avalon1984

    Avalon1984 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 22, 2010
    Muskegon
    Isolate her from the others, put her under a heat lamp, force feed a little bit of water with electrolytes and offer her some mushed up egg yolk to see if you can stabilize her until you can take her to the vet and find out what's wrong. Hope she'll make it. [​IMG]
     
  5. the3ofus+oursixchicks

    the3ofus+oursixchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    alabama
    what is water with electrolytes
     
  6. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2011
    Houston, TX
    the3ofus+oursixchicks :

    what is water with electrolytes

    It's something for young chicks that are not feeling too well. They drink it and it's sugar water to help them recover.​
     
  7. Avalon1984

    Avalon1984 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 22, 2010
    Muskegon
    the3ofus+oursixchicks :

    what is water with electrolytes

    You can buy little bags at the feed store that say “electrolytes for poultry” on it. They are usually a couple bucks and they are a powder that you mix in with the water to give them an energy boost, like you’d be giving electrolytes to a horse that just worked very hard. I am not sure how you can artificially create electrolytes that are suitable for poultry but it may be worthwhile trying to google that. If you don’t have them, go with the egg yolk, mix it with warm water, put a little bit in a syringe and very carefully feed it a little bit. It will resist but it will be helpful to give it a little bit of energy. Next time you go to the feed store, look for those little bags. They also have antibiotics in those bags and that stuff is very handy to have around for emergencies.​
     
  8. Melissa Rose

    Melissa Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried these on some poor little "melting" chicks and they perked up in less than a minute! Really !


    Quote:You can buy little bags at the feed store that say “electrolytes for poultry” on it. They are usually a couple bucks and they are a powder that you mix in with the water to give them an energy boost, like you’d be giving electrolytes to a horse that just worked very hard. I am not sure how you can artificially create electrolytes that are suitable for poultry but it may be worthwhile trying to google that. If you don’t have them, go with the egg yolk, mix it with warm water, put a little bit in a syringe and very carefully feed it a little bit. It will resist but it will be helpful to give it a little bit of energy. Next time you go to the feed store, look for those little bags. They also have antibiotics in those bags and that stuff is very handy to have around for emergencies.
     
  9. Avalon1984

    Avalon1984 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 22, 2010
    Muskegon
    Quote:You can buy little bags at the feed store that say “electrolytes for poultry” on it. They are usually a couple bucks and they are a powder that you mix in with the water to give them an energy boost, like you’d be giving electrolytes to a horse that just worked very hard. I am not sure how you can artificially create electrolytes that are suitable for poultry but it may be worthwhile trying to google that. If you don’t have them, go with the egg yolk, mix it with warm water, put a little bit in a syringe and very carefully feed it a little bit. It will resist but it will be helpful to give it a little bit of energy. Next time you go to the feed store, look for those little bags. They also have antibiotics in those bags and that stuff is very handy to have around for emergencies.


    Good job!
     
  10. Orcae

    Orcae Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been force feeding her scrambled eggs and sugar water. She's perked up a lot and even opens her eyes and eats a little by herself now, but she's still not acting normal at all. She resists quite a bit when I force feed her and she seems to be getting strength back though. I hope she makes it..thanks for everyone's help
     

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