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Chicks seem perfectly healthy and then die suddenly

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hi,
I've been having a little issue with some of the chicks I hatch dying. They will live for about 3ish weeks and then all of a sudden I find them dead. About 30 min ago I gave the chicks fresh water. Everyone was fine. Just now I walked in and noticed two were dead. Everything seemed normal. They were around 3 weeks and had wing feathers. They have fresh bedding, water, food, heat source that they can get away from if desired. Has anyone had this issue or know what it is? Thanks
post #2 of 6

I would chill (not freeze) bodies and have a post mortem done, preferably at the state vet lab, so you know what's going on.  So sorry!  Mary

post #3 of 6
x2 on the state veterinary diagnostic lab

Best way to know exactly what's going on and if it is correctable.
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
I had to leave for work so I wouldn't be able to do that til morning. Right after I posted this thread I walked back over to the chicks and two were on their sides and acting weird. One keeps snapping out of it but keeps sticking its head back. The other one I sat up against the edge and it acts like its resting and moving a little. This has randomly been happening to my chicks the last several weeks. Perfectly healthy chicks dropping dead. It's just weird
post #5 of 6

Cocci maybe?  Are they getting medicated starter?  Any blood in the poop?  If it were me I'd run them through a course of Corid just to be sure...cocci can wipe them out fast...

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
They are getting medicated feed. I haven't seen bloody stools at all. I got home from work this morning and the two chicks that were acting funny are now acting normal. The only thing I changed after last nights incident is pull the waterer out and replace it with a different waterer and new water.
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