Uncoordinated, lethargic?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BFeathered, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. BFeathered

    BFeathered Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2008
    North Texas
    Just brought home 3 Langshans and 2 BC Marans, all 9 days old. 4 look/act healthy, but 1 had a pasty butt that I cleaned off (and it promptly emptied out more! normal, not icky/diarrhea). That chick is not as active as the others, is uncoordinated in its movement (falls on side occasionally, wings out, can't get up very well) and seems to sleep more than the others. Its eating and drinking and pecking some, but just not up to snuff with the others. Any suggestions what this could be, and what to do for her (and prevent spread to others)? Thanks for any advice!
  2. Renee

    Renee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    You may have just solved her problem by fixing the pasty butt.

    It's probably just a weak chick. My weakest chick turned out to be my favorite (I could catch her easier!).

    As long as she is eating, drinking, and pooping I would not suspect disease.

    Good luck.
  3. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    Whenever somebody says "uncoordinated" my mind flashes up "Marek's" due to a lovely experience last year with Marek's vaccine (no probs with the vaccine this year, by the way). That's the only other thing that comes to mind other than a standard weak chick.

    Good luck, and I hope it's not that, I'm probably just borrowing trouble for you.
  4. BFeathered

    BFeathered Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2008
    North Texas
    Thanks for the support, I thought Mareks too, but they weren't vaccinated, and they're a little young, think for it to be showing up just yet? I'm going to try a bit of Poly-Vi-Sol and pedialyte to boost her(? [​IMG] ) and see how it goes.
  5. BFeathered

    BFeathered Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2008
    North Texas
    Well, the poor baby died this evening. I'm not too happy, and my daughter is crying herself to sleep. [​IMG] We've got another one acting similarly, so I'm not looking forward to a terribly joyous Easter morning at this point. I've put an extra water "dish" with poly-vi-sol mixed with water, given it some pedia-lyte and offered mashed hard-boiled egg yolk with a bit of kefir to moisten. At this point, I'm thinking these two were the "Packing Peanuts" that were kindly given to us with the original order of 3. I really hope that the 3 who are acting normal stay that way. [​IMG]
  6. Airehead012

    Airehead012 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 26, 2008
    DFW, TX
    I'm BFeathered's chick, and I'm really sad that my dizzy chick is gone. Late last night, our other chicky that wasn't acting very healthy passed away too. The others are eating and drinking and sleeping normally so I think they're O.K. We think the two that didn't make it were just weak (they were the smallest chicks, and they had no muscle or fat on them), they wouldn't eat or drink and started sleeping all the time. They wouldn't move much and were in uncomfortable positions. I'm sad to lose my two, babies, but I think they're better off now. [​IMG]
  7. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I am so sorry about your losses [​IMG] I found this thread while searching for the very same thing - sleepy chick, not eating or drinking and very small. I just lost one last night and now I fear I am going to lose this one. I can't make her eat and she will only drink if I dip her beak. I don't know what else to do either.

    It sucks when these little ones don't make it [​IMG]
  8. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    I feel it was mareks
    birds not vaccinateddo not necessarily be prevented from getting mareks
    VACCINATED CHICKS do not give mareks to theothers
    the only way that vaccinated (supposably all,) but some DO NOT take mareks vaccine when vaccinated
    then they would sluff off mareks ferms to the other chicks


    the way your chick acted and couldn't stay upright
    how are the other chicks doing?
    you need to feed them the
    Natural Probiotic wet mash twice a week till the mareks scare is over then once a week

    Natural Probiotic wet mash
    1 cup of dry crumbles
    2 cups of sweet or sour milk
    1/8 cup of plain not flavored yogurt
    mix and feed 3 -4 tsp per chick pet time

    if some is left over store it in frig for next feeding

    do this till they were past getting mareks say 10 days then once a week feed them the probiotic wet mash
    always clean feeder after they eat it all in 30-45 minutes
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2009

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