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Whats wrong with my 3 week old chick?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by newbie32, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. newbie32

    newbie32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She seems wet and the chest is bare! I just noticed it and it wasn't like this yesterday!
    Can chicks sweat?
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  2. newbie32

    newbie32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I looked it up no they can NOT sweat! So why does she look wet? Actually she didn't feel wet, just crusty. I thought her chest seemed kind of large so I checked to see if it was hard but it isn't. Still I am worried. I have a Buff Orpington that has had wet wing feathers for a few weeks. They have never been close to each other. This chick is in quarantine since I just got it a week and a half ago. What is going on?

    Anyone?
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    sounds like some animal had her and she's wet from drool - which would dry up and seem crusty. Did any animals have access to her in quarantine - like cats, or dogs, etc.
     
  4. newbie32

    newbie32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope. The pen is in the garage and there is nothing that could get to her at all.
     
  5. sarahswank

    sarahswank Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does she have a water dish? (I am assuming yes...)

    I would take a guess that she either decieded to play in the water or fell into the edge of the water bowl and it dribbled down her chest.... The dander and what not in the brooder would help make it crusty too. Ususally a chicken will just preen and use their oil to get the feathers back to normal but perhaps this chick hasnt figured that out yet?

    I have a 8 month pullet (a silkie, which yours appears to be also) who likes to sit in the open water dish (about 2 feet across and no more then 2 inches deep) for semi-long periods of time. She has that plastered down/crusty look to her feathers sometimes when she decieded to forgo preening afterwards and just goes running out of the water and gets busy with something else. My girl just has a few loose screws in her head, but from what I hear, that is a common silkie thing too.

    Basicly, unless she is acting sick in any other way, I wouldnt worry about it yet.
     
  6. newbie32

    newbie32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah she was actng fine. Well I hope this is the case. Why would her chest look bare? Ive been having a wet feather problem from an older bird-the feathers are actually wet-so I was worried. I will keep an eye on her, thanks

    oh and yes she is a silkie
     
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