Sick Chick . Need Advice Please

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Iheartchickens7, May 26, 2012.

  1. Iheartchickens7

    Iheartchickens7 In the Brooder

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    I have a 5 week old chick that I noticed was breathing heavy this morning. Otherwise acting normally. Later this afternoon I was with the birds and I noticed that the chick was having some bloody/watery poops. I separated him/her into a different brooder so I could see what was going on. The chick is having basically red/watery poops with what I noticed were a few pieces of what look like undigested meal worm in it. No 'poop' material, just pink water with the occasional worm piece.

    I offer grit (sprinkled in their feed), they get a pinch or so of dried mealworms once a day. They are on medicated chick starter. The chick is not lethargic yet but I am not sure what else I should be doing for it. She is separated right now with food/water but she seems more stressed away from her buddies.

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks so much.
     
  2. jallny

    jallny Songster

    May 26, 2012
    you dhould take her to a chicken vet, quickly!
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

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    Sounds like classic symptoms of Coccidiosis. Get Corrid or something ASAP.
     
  4. Iheartchickens7

    Iheartchickens7 In the Brooder

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    Thank you so much for your replies. Right after posting this thread I ran to the feed store and spoke with them. She gave me some medication and instructed me on what to do to help my little one. Unfortunately a few hours later the poor chick prolapsed and we decided it was best to end her suffering. I have sterilized/replaced everything and am medicating the others. I am really hoping that we do not lose any more.

    This is my first loss and we are so upset. I can not believe how fast this all happened. I feel so awful about it.
     
  5. jallny

    jallny Songster

    May 26, 2012
    im so sorry, you did the right thing. good luck with the others!

    look on the bright side, you still have lovely healthy chicks
     
  6. Iheartchickens7

    Iheartchickens7 In the Brooder

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    Thank you!
    You are absolutely right. In the grand scheme of things I would rather lose one than lose them all.
     

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