Why is my 2-day old baby chick open mouth breathing, is she sick?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickldymachias, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. chickldymachias

    chickldymachias Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 3, 2012
    Hi there,

    I have a 2-day old baby chick, she is eating and drinking, but has started open mouth breathing the past few hours. What's going on, is she sick? I have given her probiotics and some vitamin/electrolytes.

  2. cva34

    cva34 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2011
    Van Vleck ,TX
    Check Temp in brooder Probably TOO HOT...cva34
  3. chickldymachias

    chickldymachias Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 3, 2012
    its 95 under the light, and 85 in a non-lighted area. she and the other chick are choosing to lay under the light though.
  4. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    west virginia
    too hot. chickens perspire by panting. move the heat source farther away. hold yor hand in the chicks area and see if it feels comfortably warm to you.Its good to have a warm side and a cool side,the chick will decide whats comfy
  5. stephensc7146

    stephensc7146 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2012
    Southeastern, Ohio
    I'm a first time chicken owner, and I got my chicks almost 3 weeks ago. about 2 days after I brought them home I kept them in a tote. One chick was breathing with its mouth open. My first reaction was to raise up the brooder lamp, which sort of worked. I had to move the lamp a lot to keep up with the temperature changes in my room. To fix the temperature problem, my mom and I built a bigger brooding box. I have the lamp pointed in the back corner so the chicks can just move around the box to where they are most comfortable. I think your chick is fine. Temperature control is just a little tricky.
  6. chickldymachias

    chickldymachias Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 3, 2012
    temp is fine, there are different spaces in our brooder of temperature- they can choose warm or warmer. Now she is lethargic, not eating much and labored breathing.
  7. Themehmeh

    Themehmeh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2012
    For some reason my chicks like it pretty cold. They're a week old and from day one they didn't like anything hotter than 80f. as soon as you raise the heat they immediately fall down and start panting.

    My guess is that my method of selecting the best and brightest from the bunch also caused me to grab some of the cold loving chicks. The store probably had them at about 90f in the corner but the opposite corner was room temp. All the sleeping and tired chicks were in the heat, all the active chicks were out of it. I picked chicks from the areas outside the heat because they were more lively and I might have picked chicks who naturally were more okay with colder temps.
  8. Justgotchicks12

    Justgotchicks12 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 31, 2012
    whats the temp? at your chicks age it should be 95 degrees. You move the temp down 5 degrees every month. and I use this method with a 50 watt lamp. mabye yours has too many watts? also, put heat lamp at the corner of the space. if its in the middle, they'll have no space to cool down.
  9. lsprague7

    lsprague7 New Egg

    May 3, 2012
    I have chick that seems to be having the identical problem. How is your chick doing? Any suggestions?
  10. highpointfarm

    highpointfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 29, 2012
    Orange County NY
    You should post this in the emergency section...

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