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Chick found dead with eyes still open

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What would cause a chick to suddenly die with its eyes still wide open? I left the house for a couple of hours earlier, and came home to find my slightly over a week old Serama chick dead. It was stiff as a board, so I'm guessing it had to have died not long after I left. When I left, it was running around happy as can be. I'm guessing that it was probably sudden death syndrome, but a few people are telling me cocci (which I'm doubting).

My mini zoo: 2 Beagles, 3 Pygmy goats, 3 horses, 1 Burmese Mountain tortoise, 1 Sulcata tortoise, 2 mini pigs, 2 Sexlink hens, 2 Black Sexlink hens, 1 American Game Bantam pair, 2 Buff Orpington hens, 7 Silkies, 1 Light Brahma pair, Porcelain D'Uccle hen, 7 Bantam Cochins, 1 Crested duck pair, 1 Muscovy pair, 1 Call duck pair. 

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My mini zoo: 2 Beagles, 3 Pygmy goats, 3 horses, 1 Burmese Mountain tortoise, 1 Sulcata tortoise, 2 mini pigs, 2 Sexlink hens, 2 Black Sexlink hens, 1 American Game Bantam pair, 2 Buff Orpington hens, 7 Silkies, 1 Light Brahma pair, Porcelain D'Uccle hen, 7 Bantam Cochins, 1 Crested duck pair, 1 Muscovy pair, 1 Call duck pair. 

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Also, I thought I had read several times that Seramas were prone to sudden death syndrome because of heart problems (which is why I figured that's what happened,) but now I have several people telling me that that's not true and that they aren't any harder than raising normal chicks so now I'm confused.

My mini zoo: 2 Beagles, 3 Pygmy goats, 3 horses, 1 Burmese Mountain tortoise, 1 Sulcata tortoise, 2 mini pigs, 2 Sexlink hens, 2 Black Sexlink hens, 1 American Game Bantam pair, 2 Buff Orpington hens, 7 Silkies, 1 Light Brahma pair, Porcelain D'Uccle hen, 7 Bantam Cochins, 1 Crested duck pair, 1 Muscovy pair, 1 Call duck pair. 

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My mini zoo: 2 Beagles, 3 Pygmy goats, 3 horses, 1 Burmese Mountain tortoise, 1 Sulcata tortoise, 2 mini pigs, 2 Sexlink hens, 2 Black Sexlink hens, 1 American Game Bantam pair, 2 Buff Orpington hens, 7 Silkies, 1 Light Brahma pair, Porcelain D'Uccle hen, 7 Bantam Cochins, 1 Crested duck pair, 1 Muscovy pair, 1 Call duck pair. 

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The best way to find a cause of death is to refrigerate the body in a plastic bag (don't freeze) and send it off to your state vet for a necropsy. Seramas are sensitive to cold temperatures. Coccidiosis is very common in chickens under 4 months old. Symptoms are hunched or puffed up appearance, sleepiness, weakness, refusing food, and diarrhea or blood in droppings. Corid (amprollium) in the the water is the best treatment. Sorry for your loss. Here is a link for your state vet: http://www.usaha.org/Portals/6/StateAnimalHealthOfficials.pdf

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Maybe it was heartbroke because you went off and left it.

Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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The best way to find a cause of death is to refrigerate the body in a plastic bag (don't freeze) and send it off to your state vet for a necropsy. Seramas are sensitive to cold temperatures. Coccidiosis is very common in chickens under 4 months old. Symptoms are hunched or puffed up appearance, sleepiness, weakness, refusing food, and diarrhea or blood in droppings. Corid (amprollium) in the the water is the best treatment. Sorry for your loss. Here is a link for your state vet: http://www.usaha.org/Portals/6/StateAnimalHealthOfficials.pdf
I buried it last night, so it's too late for a necropsy. I don't like giving medication unless it's absolutely needed, but I think I'm going to start putting Corid in my chicks' water from the start as a preventative just in case.

My mini zoo: 2 Beagles, 3 Pygmy goats, 3 horses, 1 Burmese Mountain tortoise, 1 Sulcata tortoise, 2 mini pigs, 2 Sexlink hens, 2 Black Sexlink hens, 1 American Game Bantam pair, 2 Buff Orpington hens, 7 Silkies, 1 Light Brahma pair, Porcelain D'Uccle hen, 7 Bantam Cochins, 1 Crested duck pair, 1 Muscovy pair, 1 Call duck pair. 

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My mini zoo: 2 Beagles, 3 Pygmy goats, 3 horses, 1 Burmese Mountain tortoise, 1 Sulcata tortoise, 2 mini pigs, 2 Sexlink hens, 2 Black Sexlink hens, 1 American Game Bantam pair, 2 Buff Orpington hens, 7 Silkies, 1 Light Brahma pair, Porcelain D'Uccle hen, 7 Bantam Cochins, 1 Crested duck pair, 1 Muscovy pair, 1 Call duck pair. 

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