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post #11 of 18
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We need to know what your chicks were doing as soon as you noticed them being sick. How old was he chick in the video?

He was 3 weeks old
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by bigmuddyfoot View Post

That would only be 10 digrees difference from what I have and I know it's in the high 70s. Not saying it's not it jus think there is something else too.

A few degrees can be the difference between life and death.  Especially with chicks of only 3 weeks old.  

Now please go into further detail as to what is going on.

How can I think outside of the box when they won't let me out?

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How can I think outside of the box when they won't let me out?

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post #13 of 18
Can you post pictures of the rest of your healthy chicks?
post #14 of 18

75 degrees at 3 weeks should be fine.....mine are often not using heat at all at 3 weeks.

Brooder pic looks fine, chicks hanging out away from heat lamp....if they are/were active when that pic was taken, looks good to me.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #15 of 18
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75 degrees at 3 weeks should be fine.....mine are often not using heat at all at 3 weeks.
Brooder pic looks fine, chicks hanging out away from heat lamp....if they are/were active when that pic was taken, looks good to me.

Here is a video of them this morninghttps://youtu.be/m_ZXgpYrZ0c

Mind are like yours 99% of there time is spent as far away from the heat lamp as possible
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by aart View Post

75 degrees at 3 weeks should be fine.....mine are often not using heat at all at 3 weeks.
Brooder pic looks fine, chicks hanging out away from heat lamp....if they are/were active when that pic was taken, looks good to me.

Here is a video of them this morninghttps://youtu.be/m_ZXgpYrZ0c

Mind are like yours 99% of there time is spent as far away from the heat lamp as possible

If they are staying far away form the heat lamp, the heat needs to be turned down......too much heat can make them sick.

 

 

Here's my notes on chick heat, hope something in there might help:

They need to be pretty warm(~85-90F on the brooder floor right under the lamp and 10-20 degrees cooler at the other end of brooder) for the first day or two, especially if they have been shipped, until they get to eating, drinking and moving around well. But after that it's best to keep them as cool as possible for optimal feather growth and quicker acclimation to outside temps. A lot of chick illnesses are attributed to too warm of a brooder. I do think it's a good idea to use a thermometer on the floor of the brooder to check the temps, especially when new at brooding, later I still use it but more out of curiosity than need.

 

The best indicator of heat levels is to watch their behavior:

If they are huddled/piled up right under the lamp and cheeping very loudly, they are too cold.

If they are spread out on the absolute edges of the brooder as far from the lamp as possible, panting and/or cheeping very loudly, they are too hot.

If they sleep around the edge of the lamp calmly just next to each other and spend time running all around the brooder they are juuuust right!

 

The lamp is best at one end of the brooder with food/water at the other cooler end of the brooder, so they can get away from the heat or be under it as needed. Wattage of 'heat' bulb depends on size of brooder and ambient temperature of room brooder is in. Regular incandescent bulbs can be used, you might not need a 'heat bulb'. You can get red colored incandescent bulbs at a reptile supply source. A dimmer extension cord is an excellent way to adjust the output of the bulb to change the heat without changing the height of the lamp.

 


Or you could go with a heat plate, commercially made or DIY:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/pseudo-brooder-heater-plate

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
post #17 of 18

Sometimes the baby chicks just don't make it despite optimal conditions. It looks like your other chicks are healthy from the videos.

post #18 of 18
Hmm.. very strange. Have you seen your chicks ever pick on each other? It could have something to do with that. I have had a couple chicks in my past flock that have died from getting bullied. Also chicks can get sick from not having a clean environment, or enough room.
I hope everything goes well with your chicks!!!
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