Water Belly in 3 week old chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JessFarmer, Jan 14, 2017.

  1. JessFarmer

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    OK, so I have searched on the site for info regarding water belly or ascites (sp?) but I can't seem to find anything about a young chick having it only a full grown bird. My chick is only 3 weeks and has seemed to develop this. It is quite full but is eating and drinking and moving normally. It is only when I pick it up it is full of what seems to be water. Any ideas? I know you can drain but with it being so young I am worried about recovery. Thanks!
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Welcome To BYC

    Can you post some photos of the chick and the belly?
     
  3. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    The 2 page illness flow chart below by Jeff Mattocks covers : Sudden Death Syndrome ;
    Ascites-Water Belly ; Coccidiosis; Necrotic Enteritis; Sinusitis; Blood poisoning ; Severe Enteritis ;
    Botchulism, Salmonella or E-Coliform poisoning ; Curled Toes ; Splayed or Spraddle Leg ;
    Other Leg Disorders.

    illness flow chart with common treatment
    https://chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms/poultryillnessflowchart.pdfv


    explanation of ascites, not treatment regimen
    http://www.millerhatcheries.com/inf...nfo/Ascites (waterbelly)_in_Meat_Chickens.htm

    commercial product for combatting, preventing ascites
    acidifier Biotronic[​IMG] SE
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/focus/biomin/2257/biomin-biotronic-ascites-in-poultry
    http://www.biomin.net/en/products/biotronic/

    discussion of ascites
    http://www.apppa.org/content/12623

    and for further study a website :
    https://poulry.ces.ncsu.edu/general-topics/


    Best,
    Karen
     
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  4. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Adding apple cider vinegar to the water makes sense as that commercial product
    Biotronic SE is also an acidifier and based on the use of acidifiers to prevent ascites.
    Best,
    Karen
     
  5. JessFarmer

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    Great...thanks!
     

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