sick chic

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HOBBIE, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. HOBBIE

    HOBBIE New Egg

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    I have 14 7-8 week old chicks that I just moved form my homemade brooder to a fenced indoor area in a block room. when I came home yesterday they all were fine but one gold laced brahma and it was warmer than normal in the room probably about 85 degrees and I suspect it got hotter during the day while I was gone. this chic is week and holds its neck in close and to one side and wants to just set and sleep seems weak and if moved flaps wings and usually falls backwards. is it just heat exhaustion or something more serious. they had water and food so unsure. she also seems a little smaller than my other 2 gold laced brahmas.
     
  2. FarmTillURdead

    FarmTillURdead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a few thoughts for ya -
    Do you have a concrete floor? or is it un insulated wood? They retain the cold unless you have 6 inches of bedding down. The air temp cold be plenty warm but overnight the floor could be getting very chilly lowering their temp and stressing the birds. I provide an insulated platform near a heat lamp to get them up off the ground or a perch near one.
    If it's not - that it sounds like your little one could be coming down with Coccidiosis. [​IMG] Are it's stools still firm? or runny?
    I'd recommend seperating it. Maybe even putting it back in the brooder for a few days on medicated feed or water. It does sound like it is sick and they do go down hill pretty fast.
    I don't think it would be heat exhaustion... unless it you found your birds panting with winds spred when you came home. If you think that might have been the problem get some "bounce back" from a feed store or any electrolye formula for the water. Pedialyte for infants should work but only use it for a day full strength then water it down by half and quit using it after three days.
    Use an eye dropper to help it drink if you think it has stopped drinking. But be careful! It's easy to drown baby birds who don't want to cooperate! Take your time. Tiny amounts at a time a few hours appart.
    Could have been any of those things - that's all I can think of. I hope it helps! Good luck!
     

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