sick chick....any advice?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lurky, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I have a 4 week old mille Fluer D'Uccle which is one of 3 chicks. They've been in a rabbit cage and not with the flock. So they got to free range 1/2 day for the first time yesterday. Today the one in question is puffed up and not eating or drinking. It seems to have a balance issue also. In the chicken health handbook, the only thing that fits is 'sudden death' and so it seems like there is nothing i can do. I thought i should post here to see if anyone has any ideas? I also wonder if anyone has ever seen this behavior from them eating a yucky bug or something [​IMG]

    Wendy
     
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  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I'm sorry.

    I'm just a train wreck.
     
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  3. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    That is a horrible thing to post [​IMG]
     
  4. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Quote:I hope someone can offer some more intelligent advice [​IMG]
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I tried to repent.

    Just not quickly enough apparently.
     
  6. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    In hopes that there might be some 'more helpful' people online this evening, I thought i would update to add she is having trouble breathing now. I am sure she will be passing soon without help. I am still hoping to find out if anyone knows what this is or means for future reference. Out of 17000 people on BYC, I just cannot believe the only reply i got when asking for help was a mean one [​IMG]
     
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  7. jenni2142

    jenni2142 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    could it be food poisoning(botulism)? there was a similar post recently. i will look for the link. i know that there are bugs and plants that can make them sick. maybe more info might help others to help, droppings, feed, could it have gotten in compost?
    i am sorry the only response you got was mean and that your chick is sick. i wish i could offer more but have never experienced this.
     
  8. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    My first thought if NO other chickens on the property are sick then I would think your chick ingested something. Do you have any type of rodent control poisons on the property where the larger chickens may not have access? Or, as mentioned, a plant or bug. I would isolate the chick. I am sorry I can't offer more. Hopefully someone can help. :aww
     
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    jenni2142 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Thank you both......I think it might be too late, but i will certainly try. She is only 4 weeks old and there are no droppings anymore because she is not eating. I did try yogurt but i will try harder to get something in her.
    I dont use poison because of the chickens. This chick was exposed to the same stuff as the other 2. BUT......after reading the thread you added the link to, i think it might be the same thing. There is a feeder on the ground for the crossbeak. I try to move it often to not allow mold to form. The mother did lead them into that area yesterday and they were eating the feed on the ground around it. I wish that person posted if it worked out or not. I will try to hydrate the chick now if she is still alive. Thank you for your advice [​IMG]
     

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