Chick Swollen Underside
Chick Swollen Underside: My Black Jersey Giant looked a little swollen when I got her home last weekend.
The swelling on her underside has increased and I looked closely, the skin is red and the area feels mushy.
She is walking like a penguin, has an excellent appetite, her droppings are fine, resting well, sleeping well, is inside in brooder and has been outside twice. She had a few crickets and a meal worm today.
Eating Purina Start & Grow. I have 5 different chicks along with her and they all get along fine, though they are different ages. I am not certain, but I think she is maybe 2 weeks old. She was pasty a couple days ago and I cleaned her all up.
Why is she swollen on her underside? I hope you can help before anything happens that I don't want to happen.Answer
If you just got this chick with an already swollen belly, this may be a problem it's had most of its life.
This can be caused by poor digestion and solids and gasses building up in the intestines. She hasn't had a healthy start for some reason.
Giving her probiotics may help her process food better. The pasty butt is a sign of improper diet for her. Possibly she was raised from hatching with improperly balanced feed. Many chick feeds are heavy in corn content.
Corn is hard to process with little nutritional value. Balancing the diet with some fresh greens and fruits may help by giving digestive enzymes from fresh fruit and more fiber and other more natural nutrients than processed feed can offer.Return to Raising Chickens Home Page