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Five chicks have died! Unknown cause!

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Right after Easter, I bought 4 2 day old baby chicks from my feed store. All were doing very well. (2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 EE, and 1 unknown). 3 days later I bought a 3 day old Crested Cream Legbar. Then I read that a local breeder had Blue Copper Marans, so I put hazed 4 of them for $15.00 a piece. Same day I went to the first breeder and bought 3 Blue Laced Red Wyadottes. When I got home I noticed that one of the blue marans were very weak and could hardly walk with a second one out of the four not as active as the other two. I really wish I had isolated the breeder chicks before adding them to my brooder.
The next day. ..the weakest blue maran died. Next day, second blue copper maran died. I called the breeder and he offered to replace the two that died. Then I started hearing one of my BO coughing and acting lethargic. Went to the feed store and they recommended Vet Rx.
I thoroughly cleaned out the brooder with a vinegar solution and all their feed dishes. Yesterday one of my Wyandotte died....and this morning a third Blue Copper Maran died. I don't know what is going on. I've NEVER lost chicks before, however, all previous chicks were from feed stores or I hatched myself.
I don't want to loose any more chicks. Anyone have any recommendations? HELP!
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Do you have Save-A-Chick electrolytes in their water?  You could also give the weak ones Nutri-Drench- that has really helped our sick chick.  

 

Where/Are there any other symptoms besides being lethargic?    

 

~Super Chick Ruth

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No...I haven't tried anything else beside Vet Rx...but I'll go get some of the ones you messaged tomorrow. I only have 7 left out of 12 and there are still more going down hill. Symptoms lethargic...get to point of not wanting to eat or drink and weight loss.
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Originally Posted by debbie50chicks View Post

No...I haven't tried anything else beside Vet Rx...but I'll go get some of the ones you messaged tomorrow. I only have 7 left out of 12 and there are still more going down hill. Symptoms lethargic...get to point of not wanting to eat or drink and weight loss.
I just now put some child's pedialyte. Hopefully they get better.
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I lost two more chicks today. Don't think I'll ever do chicks again. This is too heartbreaking!
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I lost two more chicks today. Don't think I'll ever do chicks again. This is too heartbreaking!

Have your chicks been on medicated or unmedicated feed?
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Have your chicks been on medicated or unmedicated feed?

Medicated. It's what I always start chicks on. Never had this trouble before. Really don't know what happened.
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