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Hi i have a 35 day old chick who seems to be a little unwell, this morning when i checked on her i immediately noticed she was fluffed up & upon closer inspection that the feathers on the side of her beak were hardened making me believe she has vomited, also she was a little clogged up on her back side which i cleaned up. She is also noticeably quieter than usuall (she normally squarks at me when i 1st check the box) & not energetic. They is also another chick in their with her who seems perfectley fine & shows no signs of illness at all. I plan to take her to the vet tomorrow as there are no vets available on Sundays where we live. Does any one have a idea what could have caused her to be sick, thank you.
Also just want to add that yesterday she seemed totally fine, was her normal self so what ever it is must have came on during the night.
At that age she should be quite active and starting to venture a little. Is the cock still feeding the chicks, Have you weighed the chicks at all? what is her crop like? I am sorry for all the questions but it helps. Has she been given any other foods or just fed by the parents?
Keep her vent free from poop ,offer a little water from a syringe. She should be starting to investigate with her beak and standing . Keep her warm and offer her some hand rearing food perhaps if she is looking lethargic. Please let us know how she is once she comes back from the vets.
At 35 days old, the chick is well into the weaning stage. Is she parent raised and has she been eating on her own?
Most of my chicks are practically weaned at this age.
Did she eat veggies? Sometimes veggies not thoroughly rinsed with water can make them feel sick and vomit.
It's good that you are going to have this issue addressed with a vet.
See if the chick currently has appetite (begs father for food or eats on her own). You can also try to offer her some egg food to help her out on working on a appetite.
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Thanks for the reply pretty boy, up until today she quite active & also i should of mentioned the chicks are mostly out of the nestbox now but still like to go back in which is where she was this morning, the dad is still feeding both chicks as i witnessed this yesterday & thier weight's seems fine, the crops also feel good too. Also they get mashed up boiled egg & a assortment of veg.
Also Aluz i did see her & the other chick trying to eat by them selves a few times in the last few days & yes they are parent raised, i will offer her some egg food & see how she repsonds to that & also on the veggies i always make sure to rinse them properley. Also she has moved around a little as i have seen her in various places but she is very puffed up & normally if i go to touch her she has a liltte squak at me which she isn't doing.
Mark, it sounds like you are doing everything the right way. Keep her warm have you got some pediolyte or another type of electrolyte give her a couple of drops via her beak. There is a recipe her for a home made one as well.
Cathy and Ana(aluz) have offered excellent advice. As Cathy pointed out, make sure she is hydrated and feed her pedialyte and electrolyte to keep up her strength. Budgies usually move away or display signs of fear when we touch them...but a sick budgie will allow you to touch it which confirms that it is sick. Hope the vet visit will help restoring her good health and it must be a minor issue. Good luck.