Sick week old baby chick

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  1. slightlyfarming

    slightlyfarming In the Brooder

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    My broody hens hatched out several baby chicks over the past month and one of the last few (about a week old) all of a sudden has been acting very sick. Let me preface by saying this: it stays in a brooder with about 15 other chicks of various ages (oldest is maybe about 4-5 weeks old) and yesterday, I didnt plug the heat lamp back in after watering them. It's been almost 90F here and it's in the barn so draft free, with a bunch of other chicks. I came back several hours later in the evening to feed and water them again and it's hunched up, wings are kind of puffed out and it was very lethargic. I brought it into the house, on a heating pad set on low/medium and made it some honey water and after that, an electrolyte recipe for chickens that I found online with molasses, baking soda and water. Its since been going back and forth between perking up, even walking around and eating and drinking by itself but then all of a sudden, it will lay on it's side again, looking dead. It consistently has its eyes closed, unless I rouse it or it eats/drinks. The other weird thing is, the feathers look really "split" or something. I'm not sure how to describe it. The people at the feed store said it sounded like it got too cold but why isn't it recovering all the way then since I warmed it up and got some water and food in it? They didn't think it was coccidia... Any advice what else I could do or what this could be? My 4.5 year old daughter is quite attached to it, of course. :( Oh, I picked up some rooster booster electrolyte/vitamin and gave him some of that with a dropper and it drank some by itself too. But has since then gona back and forth between laying there, looking like it's moments away from death, and perking up a bit. Thanks in advance!!
     
  2. Texas Kiki

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    Are you sure it is not TOO hot for it?
    Make sure it is drinking water...it could be getting dehydrated which will kill just as fast as too much heat.

    Can you post a picture of it's feathers
     
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    Thanks for the reply! I'll try to post a pic in a bit. I'm on the laptop so will have to log in thru my phone. Pretty sure it's not too hot. It was cold to the touch when I originally found it last night. I really hope sprinkle karate chick pulls through!! (4 year olds come up with the BEST chicken names! :D )
     
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    How would I know if it's cocci if it didn't present with the classic bloody stool? It's stools aren't bloody. They were watery after I hydrated it last night and now fairly normal looking...
     
  5. Texas Kiki

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    Cocci doesn't always show bloody stool.
    It may just be the "bad one" in the bunch.
    Some fair to thrive.
     
  6. slightlyfarming

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    It was so strong and healthy up until yesterday. I think it just got too cold/ weak. :( But then why isn't it bouncing back permanently now? :(
     
  7. Texas Kiki

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    Have you giving it vitamins yet?
    Nutri Drench is great.
     
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    I got rooster booster electrolyte and vitamin powder and I gave some of that. Here are some pics of it.
     
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    See how the feathers look nappy? And the wings are hunched?
     

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    not sure about the feathers.
    Do you have Corid?
     

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