Week old chick sick? *new video update*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JNorth, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. JNorth

    JNorth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 chicks, about a week old both Cornish rock hens, that are acting odd. Lethargic, and not interested in food or drink. One's head lists off to one side and the other's one wing droops. Neither will walk. If I pick them up their legs straighten and just hang. They do not seem to be in pain, but the one chick whose head lists to one side is also trembling. It almost sounds like Meraks, but aren't they too young? What else could it be?

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  2. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    It could possibly be wry neck. I've had four cases of wry neck each case severe. My birds would tremble shake twisted neck and Un able to walk. I was able to cure all cases by following alan stanfords treatment for wry neck. You can find his treatment by going to browneggblueegg.com and look under articles then choose crook neck. It goes over all doses and schedules of treatment. I would leave out the predinsone because of your birds age but basically the treatment consists of vitamin E vitamin b liquid children's vitamin polyvisol without iron and a very small amount of selenium to help absorb the vitamin e. In large amounts selienium can be toxic so you will use a very small amount. Wry neck can be due to a vitamin deficiency a peck on the head or poor genetics. I'm not saying your bird has it because I've not seen your bird but it sounds like it could be possible. If you can post a picture it might be helpful. But this could be another possibility. Vitamin defiency can manafiest with similar symptoms. It could be worth looking into. I hope this helps. If it is wry neck it takes about a month to heal with treatment and the bird may need help eating and drinking during that time. I wish you the best.
     
  3. JNorth

    JNorth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a video... Hopefully it works.
     
  4. JNorth

    JNorth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm feeding PurinaPurina medicated chick starter and using Save A Chick water supplement.
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Video won't play, says it's private.

    Could be an infection. I just lost two ducklings to something I thought was wry neck, but it was a yolk sac infection (e. Coli). How do their bellies look? You could try some Corid in case it's coccidiosis.

    -Kathy
     
  6. JNorth

    JNorth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Video should work now. I always forget it's set to private by default.
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Wow, that doesn't look good. [​IMG] See how it's breathing?

    -Kathy
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    How hard do you want to try to save them? I would definitely start the others on Corid.

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  9. JNorth

    JNorth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was able to give her some electrolytes an a little sugar water drip by drip from my finger but she has no interest in food. Every no and again she gets a short burst of energy and chirps when she hears the other chicks nearby.
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    You need to keep her warm. Can you take her to a vet?

    -Kathy
     

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