Sick Swedish Flower chick- need advice ASAP

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MsSparks, May 18, 2012.

  1. MsSparks

    MsSparks Hatching

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    Dear BackYard Chickens,

    We took home a really young Swedish Flower Chick. She is less than two weeks old, and since we brought her back, she's had a tendency to stand and sway under the heat lamp, and yesterday we noticed that she was getting a claggy, messy bum, with almost like a mucus-y film around it. We have ground her chick feed extra finely, and she seemed to be trying to eat it, but we're not sure she's actually getting any. The temperature in her box is fine, she is drinking, but she seems desperate to get under the other chickens' wings and/or climb on top of them, and she is cheeping all but constantly, even in her sleep. She is not lethargic all the time, but she is not as active as the others; she is, however, growing.

    We need advice on what might be going on, as we're afraid that she's becoming more lethargic and panicked, and her back end issues don't seem to be resolving. Any advice would be greatly welcomed, as we're really worried about her. Thank you in advance for your help.
     
  2. mnferalkitty

    mnferalkitty Songster

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    Do you have electrolytes in the water? If not I would put some in it won't hurt the other chicks either. Make sure it is drinking
     
  3. MsSparks

    MsSparks Hatching

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    Hi mnferalkitty,

    Thanks for your reply. We've put sugar in the water; what else would you suggest?
     
  4. mnferalkitty

    mnferalkitty Songster

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    I'm sorry I don't have more info/help for you but it could just be a number of things, just let the chick be and hope for the best
     
  5. Brookliner

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    Sounds like a case of pasty butt. Look it up under the search. Also a product called save-a-chick is electrolytes. Good luck.
     

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