Please Help 7 week old chicks dieing!!!
Sorry you haven't gotten any replies sooner. In chicks this age the first thing I would treat for immediately is coccidiosis. Get some Corid for their water and start with that. There may be something else going on here but coccidiosis is a fast killer and you need to get that ruled out asap. It usually also causes lethargy and runny droppings, sometimes blood in the droppings but not always.
You can get Corid at most feed stores and Tractor Supply. Comes in either liquid or powder, either one is fine.
Dose for the liquid is 2 teaspoons per gallon, the powder is 1 to 1.5 teaspoons per gallon. Do this for 5 to 7 days and make it up fresh every day.
Are these youngsters in with the other chicks or separate?
You might want mash up some hard boiled egg for them, see if they will eat that. Or make a warm mash of their starter to temp them.
They are in a separate brooder but in the same room as other chicks. Several people have told me we should go ahead and treat them all?
Edited by chickendreams24 - 11/9/15 at 10:24pm
Yes, it doesn't hurt to go ahead and give everyone the medicated water as it's easy to spread it around from pen to pen. Some people do so routinely as a preventative, keeping coccidia protozoa numbers in check until chicks are older and have had more time to develop their own resistance to it. This works especially well when birds first go outside on the ground and are exposed to higher numbers of the protozoa. In young birds it's sometimes a balancing act of letting them get exposure to it so they can develop immunity but not letting things get out of control and overwhelm their bodies.
You were wise to dose the sick birds directly, I usually mention that when I post about coccidiosis. If using the liquid Corid you can also give birds a drop or two in the beak undiluted to get them started.
Hope the survivors are doing well by now.
I do have a question, are the eggs safe to eat from the other birds being treated?
Thank you @cafarmgirl very much for your help and I'll keep you up to date