Sick chick gasping for air PLEASE HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chickenaddict, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got an order of chicks from ideal last friday and yesturday noticed a chick off by itself in a corner of the brooder gasping for air.

    1) What type of bird , age and weight.: It is a BLRW

    2) What is the behavior, exactly.: It is acting very sleepy and kind of falls over on its feet when falling asleep standing up, Gasping for air

    3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.: No bleeding and no wounds

    4) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.: I haven't a clue, it was fine the first day, sleepy and cold from shipping.

    5) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.: It has been eating non medicated chick starter and vitamins and electrolytes in the water, I have seen it drink water on its own several times as well

    6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.: Poop looks a bit runny and brown

    7) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?: Just the V&E in the water and comfort

    8 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?: Vet is not an option, I would like to treat it here.

    9) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help. No pic

    10) Describe the housing/bedding in use: I keep them on paper towels on top of the pine shavings for the first few days, I had planned on taking them off the paper towels today

    Any idea on what i should do med wise? should i seperate the baby from the rest even tho if it has an illness all were exposed to it. I lost 2 already,dead in the box when i brought it home from the PO. None of the others are acting sick at all so far. The brooder is between 90-95 degrees. Im worried about this little one especially after someone else told me their chick from ideal died from the same symptoms. I chose not to have them vaccinated and keep them off medicated feed as a personal choice. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance,
    Rachel
     
  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've raised only one brood, so I hope some expert reader will get in here. My chicks were vaccinated and I used medicated starter, had 100% survival rate. You *should* separate her, though, this I know. Examine her gently, and if you lose her, you will have minimized contact with the others. She may have sustained injury during transport. Phone Ideal and notify them of the problem- they may know what is wrong. Sorry for your trouble...
     
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  3. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks lynne, I have checked her over and see nothing wrong, she isn't gasping for air so much now, The only way i can contact ideal is thru email, i don't have long distance on my phone. I have her seperated but still in the brooder because i dont have any extra heat lamps at the moment, 3 brooders going right now lol. I sure hope she makes it [​IMG]. I have had great success not vaccinating my chicks and going without the medicated feed. I did the vaccinations and all that with my very first batch of chicks from mcmurrays and had 27 out of 52 chicks die since then i have decided to go the all natural way, if i need to put the chicks on meds i will but am trying to avoid that if at all possible.
     
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  4. Capt. Crusoe

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    Wishing the tiny peep well! We had a runt of the clutch with similar symptoms - we were advised by the vet to give her a little sugar water via an eyedropper. Praise the Lord - it worked! - But took a few days to get her over her slump. We were also asked to separate her from the others by the vet but she would not stand for it, causing her to struggle. We put her back with the others. [​IMG] A couple weeks later she had "whatever again" and we did the same for treatment. Keep her warm if all possible and I would try separating her from the others but if she starts to struggle use your judgment to put her back or not.
     
  5. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is miserable without her flock mates and is peeping very loudly causing her to gasp for air again. I put some sugar in her water hoping that will do the trick. Sheesh everytime i hatch and raise my own babies i NEVER get any illnesses, then i go order some breeds i have been wanting and i get this. Poor girl i feel so sorry for her, i keep cradling her in my hands under the heat lamp but even thats short lived. She is quite fiesty which i guess is a good thing. I took them off the paper towels and gave in to fresh pine shavings and the others are just rolling around in it now LOL
     
  6. Riocotesei

    Riocotesei Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This probably won't make you feel any better, but I had 2 chicks resently that had the same symptoms. I honesly do not know what it is...I started giving them electrolites and then I went out and bought some Terracymin powder to mix in their water. You can get it at a tractor supply for 4-5 dollars. I figured her issue was CRD chronic resperatory disease...Yes I medicate without being sure of what it is. I do research, and the best I can do. They ended up dieing so I don't really know what it was..lol guess I'm rambling. Sorry 'bout that.....
    Good luck with your babies.
     
  7. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have terramycin but from what i have heard on here its completely worthless. How long did the chicks live? Mines 4 days old and still alive, not gasping quite as much but still does from time to time. I'm just worried that what ever this lil baby has it will infect the rest. I ended up putting it back with the rest of them because it was peeping soo bad from being lonely even when i put another chick in with it. Guess i'll just let nature take its course [​IMG]
     
  8. Riocotesei

    Riocotesei Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine lived a while but they slowly got worse, then they died...I'm sorry bout your chicky. The ones I had came from Ideal as well, but I bought them from a guy who orders them. I wonder if it's a hatchery thing. Those poor chicks go through a whole lot before they get to us.
     
  9. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They sure do, Took 2 days to get here so those poor babies were in shipping for that long with no food or water, some even lost their egg tooth by the time i got them. The chick seems to be hanging in there so far. I hope it makes it or that will leave me with only 2 blue laced red wyandotte bantams, i ordered 4. Why the heck do they send soooo many "packing peanuts" do they have any clue how hard it is to rehome a ton of roosters?? Its gonna be nuts over here this winter lol. Im sorry your little chicky didn't make it Riocotesei [​IMG]. Its never easy to loose them
     
  10. Riocotesei

    Riocotesei Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I hope your baby pulls through for ya. [​IMG]
     

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