Sick Swedish Flower chick- need advice ASAP

MsSparks

Hatching
7 Years
May 18, 2012
2
0
7
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.
 

mnferalkitty

Songster
7 Years
May 17, 2012
1,386
26
131
Minnesota
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
 

MsSparks

Hatching
7 Years
May 18, 2012
2
0
7
Hi mnferalkitty,

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

mnferalkitty

Songster
7 Years
May 17, 2012
1,386
26
131
Minnesota
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
 

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