Why is one of my chicks constantly shivering/shaking?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Mary Coleman, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. Mary Coleman

    Mary Coleman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello. I have 13 chicks in a large wooden crate and all are growing well but one of my chicks is constantly shivering. She eats,
    drinks, interacts, and is developing the same as the others, but she is just constantly shaking they are under a heat lamp and it gets pretty hot during the day( about 90 degrees or so) and about 50 degrees night. She has all of her feathers exept a few on her head Anybody have any ideas?
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2013
  2. Well yes. How old is the chick in question?
     
  3. When I first read your post, it jumped out to me. It sounded like a chick that I had. That chick had merricks disease. I think it would be wise to research this. It can be researched here on this site. Separate asap.

    I am not a vet. I am not 100% sure as there is a lot of information that is needed further to assess. But I would look into helping this chick even if that meant culling.

    Wish ya the best.
     
  4. Mary Coleman

    Mary Coleman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is about 3 weeks old.
     
  5. Mary Coleman

    Mary Coleman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a bit ironic because this is the first time that I have chosen to have the chicks get a merricks disease vaccination. I ordered them from ideal about 3-4 weeks ago. I it possible to cure it?
     
  6. 3 weeks is about the time those infected can begin to show signs. There is no cure to my knowledge. Those other chicks that are exposed to it and come through will pass on stronger genetic resistance from what I understand.
     
  7. Mary Coleman

    Mary Coleman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What I don't understand is that a lot of things are saying that it is highly contagious and she has been shaking for quite some time now and I just thought that she would grow out of it but it has been going on for a while and none of my other chicks are doing this. They seem perfectly healthy. Her eyes are clear she can stand, run, jump, flap her wings. She is just shakey. Is it possible that she just has fever or something? Haha I'm sorry if I sound very dumb right now I'm just very concerned. Please help.
     
  8. There are a number of things it could be. Chickens can be subject to all kinds of illnesses. However, I would assume it was merricks at this time and watch and wait. It it is persistent for a few days then I would take care of that chick.
     

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