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I bought 6 chicks from a local feed store, who had them shipped this weekend from a hatchery.   They all seemed fine at first, just a few days old. 

I have an 8 ft by 2 foot metal trough (old horse feeder) with a good layer of pine shavings and a heat lamp.  (not too hot though). They are in my Laundry/Mud room, which is a heated. 

 

Yesterday one was very lethargic, Wouldn't eat or drink. No blood in poo.  She was dead this morning. 

Now, another one is acting the same way- but was just fine yesterday. 

 

Could be coccidiosis?  Could it be low blood sugar or low nutrition from being shipped?  

 

If its not Coccidiosis, and I give them Corid, will that hurt them?

 

Can I put sugar in the water just in case?

 

Any ideas would be great. 


Edited by LJ33 - 2/8/16 at 12:58pm
Rocky is the leader of the coup, but Floppy is the leader of the nest
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Rocky is the leader of the coup, but Floppy is the leader of the nest
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post #2 of 6

Corid can not hurt them, just help.  Instead of sugar I would put Apple Cider vinegar into their water (1 tbs. per galloon) but I would do corid ASAP

The girls:

Easter Eggers-Coconut, Gold n' Plump, Stir Fry

Australorps-Curry, Minnie, Kung Poa, Blossom

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The girls:

Easter Eggers-Coconut, Gold n' Plump, Stir Fry

Australorps-Curry, Minnie, Kung Poa, Blossom

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post #3 of 6

You mention your laundry room is heated. How warm? If chicks are under a heat lamp and the rest of the environment is very warm, then the chicks have no place to cool down, which is essential. If your laundry room is 70 or above, it's too warm.

 

I agree Corid would be a good idea. Be sure to mix two teaspoons per quart of tepid water for the liquid Corid, not the preventative formula which is much less and not enough to treat an active case of cocci. This is not a toxic medicine, so it can't harm your chicks even if they don't have cocci.

 

I'm so sorry you're losing chicks. It's an awful experience. Let's hope the Corid will help.

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I have a wall heater in the room, as it does not have central heat/air.  Heat is down, Corid in the water. And praying.  

Rocky is the leader of the coup, but Floppy is the leader of the nest
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Rocky is the leader of the coup, but Floppy is the leader of the nest
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How to Deal With Travel Stress in Baby Chicks

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/746509/how-to-deal-with-travel-stress-in-baby-chicks

Best regards,

 karen

Walt Boese strain and Tewart flock of Pure English  Light Sussex

My flock now resides with Farmer Karl in PA.   

  I know he will do well by them. Karl is a knowing poultry man.

RIP Hellbender, my friend. Good friend, good heart, gone too soon.

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Walt Boese strain and Tewart flock of Pure English  Light Sussex

My flock now resides with Farmer Karl in PA.   

  I know he will do well by them. Karl is a knowing poultry man.

RIP Hellbender, my friend. Good friend, good heart, gone too soon.

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Thanks Karen, I wish I Had known about that sooner.. But I'll order some to have on hand. 

 

We lost 2 more over nigh despite our best efforts:hit

 

 The other 4 seem just fine, eating and drinking, playing with each other and just being baby chicks.  

Rocky is the leader of the coup, but Floppy is the leader of the nest
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Rocky is the leader of the coup, but Floppy is the leader of the nest
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