Sleeping Sickness?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by newbiecaroline, May 9, 2008.

  1. newbiecaroline

    newbiecaroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have a chick that sleeps all the time, so hard to wake her!
    I put her at the water dish and nudge her...then she drinks...so several times I nudge her....then over to feeder...same thing. She is about 5 days old now.
    Have her in with the new japanese so she's not trampled.
    She has gotten stronger, she walks straighter now..doesnt go backwards and stumble with every step.
    Oh she has sugar in the water.
    Any ideas?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    5 days old and abnormal amount of sleep... could it be a failure to thrive? Or just a sleepy chick. Just keep an eye on her and that's all I can say. Probably doesn't need the sugar water anymore though. Vitamins for poultry may be better if you want to give them a supplement.
     
  3. newbiecaroline

    newbiecaroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Silkie,
    Last night I decided to put her and the japanese back in with the others.
    I figured the rest of them may wake her more than just a few tiny japanese smaller than her.
    Besides one of the healthy J flew up and hit the hot light strung low for the sick chick...it's ok but was time to do something else with the sick one.
    It seems to be ok...not the best but by now I thought she would be over it. Yep all she wants to do is sleep.
    Really she should be culled so this is her last chance if she's a fighter. Hope I don't sound cruel.
    Yes they all have vitamins and Germe-Zone in the water.
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2008
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I personally don't think there's anything wrong with culling if you think that's the best thing to do for their health and well being. Best of luck.
     
  5. CodyChristine

    CodyChristine Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for posting this. I have one doing the exact same thing. Keep us posted.
     
  6. newbiecaroline

    newbiecaroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The little one is still alive! It walks to the feed and water then gets the heck out of the way of all the rest...hides basically. I think it's wing is broken...it seems to hang straight down. I don't know what to do for that. But he's awake more because of the other birds running him over etc.
    He is small though.
    I did seperate the bigger Dels today though...man they grow fast!
    Hope yours pulls through!
     
  7. lemurchaser

    lemurchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When mine wasn't feeling well it would hang its wing down and sometimes use it for balance. As soon as it was well, the wing went back to normal. I really thought something was wrong with the wing, but the chick was just weak.
     
  8. newbiecaroline

    newbiecaroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's true I saw it balance itself with its wing....so maybe it's just a habit for now and not broken....that'd be nice.
    I just wonder 'when' this little one will get well.
     
  9. jackiedon

    jackiedon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my baby turkey (not quite a week old) has been doing that today so I took the rest of the chicks and turkeys outside to run around. I put some Poultry Drence in it's water. Every time DD and walked by we would dip it's beak in the water. It has perked up some.

    I have to go buy more of the Poultry Drench because it's been great especally with failure to thrive chicks.

    jackie
     
  10. CodyChristine

    CodyChristine Out Of The Brooder

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    I found mine had died during the night. [​IMG] I'm not surprised - she was just never as lively as the others and was not growing. I would dip her beak in the water and place her in front of the food and she would eat a little but just never seemed as "into it" as the others. No bloody poo or anything - I think she was just failure to thrive.
     

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