Sick chick- won't eat or drink on her own

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by carlye2001, Nov 23, 2014.

  1. carlye2001

    carlye2001 Out Of The Brooder

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    My little one is about 6 weeks old. Her brooder mates are all healthy. Hatchmates are running about 260 grams while she is at 117 grams. She is very weak, but no other real symptoms. When I first found her, she couldn't hold her head up, and rested back on her rump unable to stand on her feet. She was immediately removed and placed in isolation on a low heating pad. I am force feeding her around the clock by gently opening her bill and putting a drop of fluid just on the tip. She will swallow with this method, but will not choose to eat on her own. I am trying different preparations through the day. I made her some scrambled eggs mixed with some finely crushed chick granules and nutri-drench. I've made electrolyte/probiotic/nutridrench water and dropper fed her. She did like thin yogurt and didn't fight me to eat that. What else can I do for her? I do know she has mites so I bathed her in DE, carefully avoiding her face, but ensuring it got down to the skin. How can I get her to gain weight? I think she might be getting a little stronger because she is starting to fighting her bill when there was no resistance a day ago. Picture 1 is her poop today. Picture 2 is her 2 days ago, resting backwards on her rump. Picture 3 is her actually sitting on her feet again. Any help appreciated. I can go to Tractor Supply later today and get anything she needs. Thanks!




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  2. Hemedinger

    Hemedinger New Egg

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    For what its worth...my surviving bird was in a bad state of affairs; looked like the grim reaper was about to make his appearance.
    I crushed some ZINC 500mg tablets, some of which I left in layer mash and the rest in distilled water. When the zinc seemed be dissolved in the water, I used an eye dropper and wet the beak several times over. At times it formed a droplet on the tip of her beak and she drew in the solution at times. After several days, she responded and ate some dry layer food with zinc particles in the mix. A week after she was up and moving slowly about and in a few weeks was back to normal, except her laying cycle was not back to normal.
     
  3. carlye2001

    carlye2001 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for replying. I'm glad she made it. I'm so hoping I can save this sweet heart!
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Please go get some Corid right away from your farm store or tractor supply, and start treatment for coccidiosis. That is the most common problem in a chick that age, and they get it from the soil or older chickens. There looks like there could be some black old blood or some rust colored droppings. Corid dosage is 2 tsp of the liquid or 1 1/2 tsp of the powder per gallon of water for 5-7 days. Treat all birds, and change water each day. After you finish treating, give them some vitamins, and probiotics or a little buttermilk for 3 days.

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  5. carlye2001

    carlye2001 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have Corid on hand, so I'll start that right away. Do you know if it loses effectiveness if it has been open awhile, like 6 months, but in a ziploc bag?
     

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