I'm still relatively new to chicken raising, but am finding them as addictive as described. Our first 6 chicks matured with very little excitement, one case of straddle-leg that I treated successfully and ended up with that particular chick beginning to crow about 4 months later. The 5 hens began laying in December and we're enjoying them all enormously.I purchased them from the highly recommended Portage Bay Grange. After learning they purchase their chicks from Baxter Barn, and researching them, I decided to cut out the middle man and a second transport experience for my next chicks.
I picked up 7 one-day-old chicks from Baxter Barn last Saturday morning. After an uneventful weekend I woke to 4 of them (an Easter Egger, Blue Wynadotte, Barred Plymouth Rock and Golden Brabanter) with pasty butt on Monday morning. Two (the Wynadotte and Brabanter) fairly minor, one a bit uncomfortable (BPR) and the last (Easter Egger) who was very blocked up and amazed me with just how much poop her tiny body could hold after I'd softened and removed the blockage. Her relief was evident. I've stayed on that and by last night only one (a Golden Brabanter) required any intervention. All the chicks, including the Brabanter, were active, eating, drinking and seemed perfectly normal last night when I tucked them up for the night.
But this morning I woke to a dead chick, the Blue Wynadotte. I'd not have been so surprised if it had been the EE, even though she'd been fine since I cleared her severe pasty butt on Monday morning, I'd have just assumed her tiny body had just been pushed into toxicity that night before I discovered the problem in the morning. But the Wyndadotte had only had a slight case and has been fine since then. They'd been receiving Baxter Immune Boost in their water for the first few days to help manage the stress of transport and settling in, and are now receiving Ampro as a preventative. They're on the same organic feed they started on at Baxter Barn. I use a Brinsea brooder, and they've all loved the thing. We wash our hands before and after handling them or the adult chickens. All have been vaccinated for Marek's and they're from breeding stock vaccinated or tested for Pullorum-Typhoid, M.Galliseptrium, M. Synoviae, M. Meleagridis, S. Enteritidis, Salmonella, M. Gallisepticym, M. Synoviae, Avian Influenza, Marek.
I realize no one can tell me anything for sure, but I'm still new to this and perhaps it's just not that unusual? Any thoughts or suggestions would be welcome, though. I've given the 6 surviving chicks fresh water (treated with Ampro), and food and replaced all of their bedding. Anything else I should be doing?