Sickly Nakedneck

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by baby-blue, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. baby-blue

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    Hello! I have a 1-week-old nakedneck pullet who has been very unwell for the past few hours. She’s had pastybutt the entire time I’ve had her. Her poops are relatively normal, but the area around her vent and umbilical cord are purple in color. There is a crusty bit around her umbilical cord that I’ve been hesitant to clean off. Her balance is also very poor and she has begun gasping. Nutri-drench perked her up earlier. She’s on a puppy pad with soaked crumbles and water in a nice warm area. What can I do, if anything?
    Photos are immediately post-bum-bath, hence the damp fuzz.

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  2. Eggcessive

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    Sorry about your chick. I would clean the umbilical area with betadine. Also keep the vent clean with soap and warm water. It is possible that your chick may be suffering from mushy chick disease, a bacterial infection in the umbilicus from incubation. Most of those chicks die in the first 2 weeks. I would keep trying some electrolytes and some wet chick feed fed to it. That is about all I would know to do. Here is an article:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/mushy-chick-disease-yolk-sack-infection-omphalitis.64686/
     
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  3. Wyorp Rock

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    How is your baby doing?

    I'm so sorry it's not doing well.
    I would clean the vent gently and get the poop off. The purple is concerning, it could be Omphalitis (Mushy Chick disease) which is an infection of the yolk sac. Sadly, most chicks don't survive. I would not pull off the crust/scab.
    Can the chick eat/drink on it's own?

    https://www.merckvetmanual.com/poultry/omphalitis/overview-of-omphalitis-in-poultry
     
  4. baby-blue

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    She passed last night, unfortunately. She was able to eat and drink until about 3am est, and then she rapidly declined until she passed. Thank you for your help.
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

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    :hugs I'm sorry.
     
  6. Eggcessive

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    Very sorry that you lost her.
     
  7. RhodeIslandRed5

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    Aww, poor little chick. So sorry you lost her. :hugs
     
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  8. baby-blue

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    Thank you all for your help and kind words.
     

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