Sick little cockerel

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Adiamante, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. Adiamante

    Adiamante In the Brooder

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    Dear Helpful Folks,
    I began my chicken adventure a month ago with six female chicks and one male, all purchased when they were a day or two old.

    From the start, the male has lagged behind the rest. I kept hoping he would catch up, but now I am wondering if something is seriously wrong.

    He is now about five weeks of age. He huddles with his wings dropped. His abdomen seems distended. He is smaller than the rest. His vent seems clear, but as I said, his tummy seems swollen.

    He seems to eat and drink normally. I am not sure about his poop. Suggestions?

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  2. littlepip

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    awwwww he's so cute! :loveI would recommend taking him to a vet. That's always the best option when you're unsure.:confused: as for the laying down and huddling/ swollen belly, I would ask you if you could take a picture of the "swelling". also, does he stand up or run around now and then? or does he just sit all day?
     
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  3. Keeperofmunchkins

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    Yes can you post photos of the stomach area you say is swollen? Do his legs seem normal? Can he walk and run? Try to get photos of his poop as well. Has he always been like this?


    Also on a side note I'm not so sure that 'he' is a he after all.
     
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  4. Eggcessive

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    I would start some Corid in the water to treat for possible coccidiosis. It is safe for all to drink. Dosage is 10 ml (2tsp) of the liquid Corid, or 1 1/2 tsp of the powder for each gallon of water for 7 days. He may have coccidiosis or just be a weak chick, but that is a good place to start. Probiotics are good to use also. Do not give any vitamins during Corid treatment, but it is fine and recommended when finished. The liquid Corid may be less expensive at Tractor Supply, and you can give him some undiluted Corid as well as letting him drink the Corid water. He can have 0.1 ml twice a day. Pictures of his belly or any poops would be good as well. How does his crop in his upper chest feel? I would try to take him aside, and give him a bit of chick feed made wet with water and a few bits of cooked egg.
     
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  6. Adiamante

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    Thank you all for the advice. I will work on more photos, and go pick up some of the medicine you recommend.
     
  7. littlepip

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    I hope everything goes well! poor little chick! :fl
     

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