What's with my chick? Panting and heavy breathing.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Themehmeh, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. Themehmeh

    Themehmeh Chirping

    Apr 12, 2012
    I have four chicks Two Americaunas, One Buff Orpington and One Silver Laced Wyandotte. They were hatched April 9 so they're about a week and a half old.

    They never liked hot temperatures. I was under the impression they would Need 95 degrees at least for their first week. They hated it. I lowered the temp in the brooder daily until they stopped panting. They were happy at about 83f.

    I brought them outside for the first time the day before yesterday. It was 80f outside and I gave them a little box to sit in to avoid the sun. They sat inside the box panting for about half an hour until I brought them inside. They barely touched the grass and didn't eat any of it.

    Since I brought them out, one of my Americaunas has been breathing heavily and panting. She isn't comfortable in the heat at all but does feel better in the cold (78f max or she starts to pant). This doesn't stop her heavy breathing at all. She's been resting a lot more but I wouldn't call her "lethargic." She's still alert and will get up readily for food or attention or if something scares her. She just seems worn out from the heat. As of yesterday, My other Americauna has been panting and breathing heavily now and then, but not constantly like the first. I'm slightly concerned that they're spreading some sort of disease.

    Everyone is eating, drinking, and pooping regularly. I've checked the poop and no worms appear present. I added some SAV-A-CHICK to their water because I had it handy and didn't have any better ideas.

    Orpington and Wyandotte don't mind the lower temps but are happy where the temp is now (83f) and are not exhibiting any negative behaviors.

    Can someone give me a range of ailments I need to be looking out for /researching? Should I really lower their brooder temp even further than it already is?

    Edit: I should add, my Americaunas feet suddenly turned from yellow to blue. I guess that's normal?
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2012

  2. WI FarmChick

    WI FarmChick Songster

    Feb 22, 2012
    Here are couple of sites to help you search for answers


    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Here is a list of questions to help others figure out the problem. Good Luck.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.).[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]2) What is the behavior, exactly.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]11) Describe the housing/bedding in use.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]12) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.[/FONT]
  3. Themehmeh

    Themehmeh Chirping

    Apr 12, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2012

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