Sick Chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BB Bird, Feb 12, 2017.

  1. BB Bird

    BB Bird Hatching

    Feb 12, 2017
    Hi everyone!

    I have three three-week-old chicks in the brooder at the moment. One of them seems to be sick. It keeps opening and closing its mouth, and there seems to be mucus around its nose and in its mouth. Its feathers are growing increasingly scruffy looking, and it isn't moving much. Yesterday, it wouldn't even peep. Today, it is making noise, though a minimal amount.

    I've hatched chicks before, and have encountered nothing like this. I have raised its mother and father, and they are both very healthy birds.

    Is there anything I can do to help this poor little chick?

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC. Is the chick drinking water? Is it pooping or does it have pasty butt? How does it's crop feel empty or full and hard? I would worry about a crop impaction from eating pine shavings or bedding. I would put electrolytes and vitamins in the water or give some Poultry NutriDrench and try to get it drinking every hour. I hope you can save it, but it may be a weak chick.

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