Sick chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lsv313, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. lsv313

    lsv313 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1) Age and type of chicken? 3 week old wynandotte
    2) Symptoms: Listless, sleeping constantly, sometimes yawning excessively, blowing bubbles from mouth after drinking, prone to pasty butt, always acts cold, regurgitating water
    3) How long has it been displaying symptoms? 2 weeks
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? No
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. Has a cut at edge of beak - although we have another chick that keeps picking at its beak
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. nothing I know of
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. yes
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. Runny poop
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? Vitamin Water
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself? Yes
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help. It looks fine, just acting sickly. head is always wet from bubble blowing.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use in a wood box with wood shavings, shared with 2 other chicks.

    Any ideas on what this could be or how to treat it?
     
  2. lsv313

    lsv313 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone? Should I try just giving it antibiotics and see if that works?
     
  3. CityChick15

    CityChick15 Out Of The Brooder

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    Consider putting a red light in the brooder that will keep other from picking at the bleeding spot. Also try electrolytes, if I cant find the mixture at the feed store I use a little salt and sugar (the real stuff nothing artificial) and mix it with hot water, wait till its cool and taste it, the taste of the added salt and sugar should be barely if not at all noticeable (be sure not to put too much salt and sugar) I then dip the beak of the little one in the mixture a few times per hour. Make sure they are eating. I have a heating pack that I put in the microwave for a few minutes and drape a towel over it and snuggle with the little one for as long as the heating pack is warm. Giving them the electrolyte formula while they are in my arms. I would hold off on the antibiotic, this does not sound like a bacterial issue (especially because others are not exhibiting the same symptoms).

    Good luck and keep us updated!!
     
  4. CityChick15

    CityChick15 Out Of The Brooder

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    Also, I would not worry about the bubble blowing, my babies did that for weeks and I was super worried, one day they just stopped. Is it possible that they are being squeezed too tightly, I had a breeder tell me once that one reason she will not sex a chick or duckling is because the pressure can cause them to re-regurgitate their food and water causing them to get all foamy at the mouth....evidently its just a matter of applying too much pressure or that the chick is drinking too much.

    GOOD LUCK!!
     
  5. CityChick15

    CityChick15 Out Of The Brooder

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    What kind of feed are you using? My chicks had runny poo until i switched them to non-medicated chick starter...it made all of the difference.
     
  6. lsv313

    lsv313 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She seemed a little better this morning, but now seems sickly again. We have been giving her vitamin/electrolyte water all along, and they are on non-medicated feed. I haven't seen as much of the bubble blowing, but her face is still always all wet, which makes me think it's still going on. She looks so miserable - just droopy and listless.. but she keeps hanging in there. The other ones are still fine... it seems strange to me that it's been going on so long.
     
  7. earthmama24

    earthmama24 Out Of The Brooder

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    I must have posted this 10 times today but I would strongly suggest you get some grapefruit seed extract if you don't have some already. It can effectively treat, viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections. You can just put it in the water and let it do it's thing. For your chick right now, if it is not eating, I would definitely give it some Ensure or Boost. I just open their little beaks and put in a dropperful at a time. I made a "drench" (recipe can be found at my blog) and mixed a little of that with the store brand ensure and gave it a couple times a day.

    Hope your baby makes a quick recovery!
     
  8. lsv313

    lsv313 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never heard of grapefruit seed extract - is it something you can just get at the store, or do you have to special order it? One thing I've noticed too, is that she almost never opens her eyes. And when I do see her do it, she just opens them a little slit. I don't know if it's just extreme sleepiness or if something's wrong with her eyes, or what? But I will definitely look into the grapefruit seed extract.
     
  9. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hickory Flat, MS

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