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Standing Hunched - One Dead, Another Not Looking Well

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jess_Amy, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. Jess_Amy

    Jess_Amy Hatching

    Feb 25, 2009
    One of our three-month-old bantam chicks died today. She had been standing hunched over by herself for the past few days. Even when we picked her up she wouldn't sit down, just kept standing, hunched over and really puffy.

    Today we noticed that one of her sisters (possibly cousins or unrelated, actually, they just hatched together) has also started standing hunched up apart from the others. We have brought her inside and she is eating and drinking plenty (not sure how much she was taking in when she was out in the run), but she is colder and less energetic than she used to be.

    Does anyone know what is wrong, and how to fix it? We really don't want this one to die too!

  2. I think you are wise to segregate and keep the sick bird warm.

    Not sure where you are- has temperature in coop dropped rapidly in recent days?

    Can you describe her droppings?
    What feed are you using?
    Any treats?
    Any sign of rasping, mucus?

    Any exposure to known illness or toxins?

    Helpful things for disease and other unknown ailments include electrolytes or vitamins in water.

    Observe carefully, post a pic of possible, this could be any of several things.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2009
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Coccidiosis could be a cause. Those are symptoms associated with it. Is the poop bloody or foamy/mustardy?

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