Sick chick?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Pheonix_Gypsy, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. Pheonix_Gypsy

    Pheonix_Gypsy New Egg

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    I just brought home two roughly week-old chicks yesterday from a local farmer. They weren't living in the best of conditions. One is a Barred Rock chick the other is a tad bit larger and a Rhode Island Red. Yesterday they seemed to start acclimating well and they were eating and drinking come evening I presumed from the dirty water dispenser but definitely were today. I just went in to look at the barred rock chick to see some of the sexing characteristics I was researching and when I looked in, he was standing by a pile of diarrhea. When I picked him up, he passed diarrhea from my hand. Is this normal? Is it because I've been handling them so much? Or is he possibly sick? The other chick so far hasn't had diarrhea and it's been handled equally as much.
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    If they were dehydrated from their prior living conditions, then they could have diarrhea from drinking a lot of water. Are they eating normally? Everything else seems okay? Any other symptoms? (sneezing, discharge from the nostrils)
     
  3. Pheonix_Gypsy

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    I have them in my bedroom so I don't constantly see them, I do go in and check on them every couple hours so I'm not sure how much they're eating or drinking but I've seen the rock eat and drink more than the red. The barred rock chick sneezed twice last night, is that bad?
     
  4. Yay Chicks!

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    Could it be cecal poo and not diarrhea?
     
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    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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  6. Pheonix_Gypsy

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    The droppings were brown in color, just very watery. That link showed some normal droppings that looked similar but I was worried because he's so little. And would sneezing be a sign of something bad?
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    An occasional sneeze could just be dander/dust affecting them. But sneezing with discharge from the nostrils is very bad.
     
  8. Pheonix_Gypsy

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    Alright if I notice him sneeze again I'll look for that. Thank you very much for your help.
     

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