toWhat to do?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JBC RANCH, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. JBC RANCH

    JBC RANCH Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there anything one can do with a 4 day old chick that can't poop. At least we think that is the problem. She seems to be straining but nothing comes out. Her butt is clean.
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Is she eating and drinking?
     
  3. JBC RANCH

    JBC RANCH Out Of The Brooder

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    She isn't doing anything but standing and straining. She feels full in crowl.(spelling) and will drink.
     
  4. Broodica

    Broodica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just started with chicks, but heard Apple Cider Vinegar, the organic kind with the stuff floating in it, not the off the shelf grocery store kind. 1 tbsp mixed with 1 gallon of water....soaking it's butt in warm water might help? Do a search under constipated chick on this site. Check in the Emergencies thread.
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

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  6. JBC RANCH

    JBC RANCH Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks to all who replied. She died around 11:30, darn I had to lose animals. We ought to be used to it by now, as I was in dairy business for 17 yrs, fed out show lambs and steers for the kids, and raised show steers and heifers for several years. It is sure hard to take when you lose one so small and helpless.
     
  7. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just found this thread, so sorry you lost one. Sometimes chicks get pasty butt which is when their backsides get pasted over with dried poo. It can be fatal but if you can soak/wash the poo off (often several times a day for a few days) they usually outgrow it. Applying olive oil, vaseline etc. after cleaning can help the next batch come off easier. [​IMG]
     
  8. JBC RANCH

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    Kittymamma, that is what is strange she had nothing on her butt. We had cleaned 4 of the 22 chicks yesterday and added organic asv to the water. She wasn't one of the 4. Her butt was clean as could be. As my grandpa always said, "The only way to keep from losing animals is to not have any."
     
  9. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Your grandpa was absolutely right--I wish he wasn't, but.....Sounds like your little one probably had something internal going on and there's not much to be done about that, still hard though.
     
  10. Broodica

    Broodica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so sorry [​IMG] We lost one at three days a couple of weeks ago. Tried everything, but she died anyway. It's so disheartening, but it seems it's not uncommon. [​IMG]
     

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