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post #11 of 19
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She was struggling to hold her head up and balance so I made her a sling. When I was trying to put her in it she started struggling. She struggled so much she died. sad.png 😭😭
post #12 of 19

Sorry about your loss.

 

What types of food are you giving them?

Describe the symptoms that you are encountering - not eating, not drinking, not pooping, etc.?

If they are pooping what does it look like?

Have you tried giving them any vitamins/electrolytes in their water?

post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by Wyorp Rock View Post

Sorry about your loss.

What types of food are you giving them?
Describe the symptoms that you are encountering - not eating, not drinking, not pooping, etc.?
If they are pooping what does it look like?
Have you tried giving them any vitamins/electrolytes in their water?
I was giving them layer feed but now they are on chick feed because I thought it might be why they're dying.

The symptoms, I already said everything she was doing: her crop was empty, weak, straining when pooping, gasping for air, she would shake her head like something was on it, couldn't hold head up, fall over.

I gave her sugar water and a few crumbles of chick food.
post #14 of 19

I would offer vitamins/electrolytes in the water. You can also wet the chick starter to see if they will eat that better.

It could be a nutritional/vitamin deficiency since they started out on layer feed.

Also offer them some chick grit since they are straining to poop.

Otherwise it could be a neurological/developmental disorder or failure to thrive.

post #15 of 19
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Is there a difference between chick grit and grit? The others are doing fine so far. I feel like it's an internal problem. It always starts with an empty crop. 😞 Next empty crop I feel I will do something sooner.
post #16 of 19

how is she doing?

post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by Violetsfeathers View Post

She was struggling to hold her head up and balance so I made her a sling. When I was trying to put her in it she started struggling. She struggled so much she died. sad.png 😭😭
She died.
post #18 of 19
They may be having issues with excess calcium from the layer feed. It is very, very hard on the kidneys, as they have no way to excrete it properly.
post #19 of 19
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That must've been it, no chicks have died since I switched to chick feed. I think only 3-4 are girls though. Out of 13. sad.png
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