I've been posting on her on and and off for the last week since I got my chicks. They are now a week old. I have to say this has been a pretty bad experience. This is my first time raising chicks and I got them from a local hatchery in my state. Initially I had them mailed to me since I figured thats what most people do and I thought it would be fine. The hatchery was about an hour away. We, it was not. I got the chicks and right away we had a weak one. Then slowly they all became weak and died. All 8 of them. This of course was terrible, so I actually then drove to the hatchery, told them what happened and they gave me a new set of chicks. They said it could have just been a " rough" shipment.
Well.... so I got the new chicks and everything initially was going well with the new ones. Stronger and healthy. After about a week another chick got sick and slowly died too.. Now this morning, I was watching my chicks and they were all running around happy. I went to go get my coffee, and came back. One was on its back dead. WHAT. She literally was running around and playing like 2 seconds ago. I'm honestly at a loss for words. At this point, out of 12 chicks we have three left. I'm going to just ride this out and see what happens with the chicks and maybe start fresh with a new " batch" from a different hatchery.
I'm using a larger brooder, with a red light. The chicks are able to come and go from the heat when they like. I have commercial medicated chick starter, like the hatchery told me. I have electrolytes in the water- that my local feed store gave me. I have them over pine shaving, initially I had a sheet I changed out covering the shavings for the first 1-2 days- again like the hatchery told me.
What in the world is going on with these chicks!? Is there something I need to change? Did I just get a sick batch of chicks? Please someone, fill me in. My friend recently got 6 chicks from the Meyer hatchery and they are ALL doing well. We are pretty much doing the same thing