Urgent, help please. My six week old chick suddenly collapsed

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sharonp53, Jul 16, 2016.

  1. sharonp53

    sharonp53 New Egg

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    Please can you help urgently. I am panicking. I was holding my six week old roo chick. He was happily relaxed and then started struggling. I went to move him to put him downband he collapsed. He looked dead,neyes closed, head back and floppy. I blew in his beak and laid him on a cold surface, gradually he recovered. He is still a bit wobbly, but other than that he seems okay. But is making a little trilling noise rather than a cheep.

    It scared the heck out of me. I was only holding him for about a minute, could I have overheated him? He is used to being cuddled and I always check his heartbeat for signs of stress. What happened?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Is it possible that you were holding him with your hands around his breast and wings, and he wasn't getting enough oxygen? I would make sure that he was drinking water. Someone else on here reported a similar happening recently, and after some time, fully recovered. I hope he recovers.
     
  3. sharonp53

    sharonp53 New Egg

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    Oh thank you so much. That does make sense. I was holding him and he started to struggle I was afraid of dropping him so held him a little tighter. I feel so stupid!

    He is very quiet this morning and not eating much, before he ate non-stop, and there is a large amount of poop in his box. I have mealworms, which he loves and he is drinking well. I will keep him quiet and see how he goes.

    I do hope he recovers. I feel so helpless and angry with myself. Thank you for your help and support.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    You're welcome, and I really hope he is fine tomorrow.
     

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