Sick Chick . Need Advice Please

Iheartchickens7

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May 16, 2012
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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.
 

Iheartchickens7

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7 Years
May 16, 2012
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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.
 

jallny

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

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

Iheartchickens7

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May 16, 2012
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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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