I got four 3 day old chicks last Sunday (5 days ago) They are in a brooder with an ecoglow 20 heater. The brooder is a dog crate, inside the house in a room 66ºF. They have free choice of normal chick starter and fermented chick starter. The water is changed 3 times a day and has a drop of raw ACV in.
Day 1 - everybody is fine, eating, drinking pooping and peeping and running around, but all spending most time under the ecoglow.
Day 2 - a chick looks very lethargic, is staying under the ecoglow. I take her out and give her some water which she drinks and offer some food which she eats. Her poop is liquid - almost like water. At 3,30pm she died.
Day 3 Chicks seem ok,All are eating, drinking, peeping,and running around and then running back under the ecoglow .
Day 4 - found another chick dead at 9am. her body was cold and stiff so had been dead for a while. The others are fine, running, eating, drinking. All their poop looks normal. I put the chicks into a large box as a brooder - maybe they are in a draft? put paper towels over wood chippings in case they were eating them. I change the paper towels 3 times a day so it's nice and clean. Checked the temperature under the ecoglow - everything working fine. In the afternoon I noticed one seemed to stay under the ecoglow more than the other. I brought her out and gave her a drink. This time I put colloidal silver in the water in case of bacteria or virus. A couple of hours later she was fine and running around eating, drinking and looked perfectly healthy
Day 5 - found her dead this morning. Only one chick left. She is eating drinking and pooping normal.
Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong? Aart mentioned coccidiosis in another thread. I did some research and most articles say it hits chicks between 3 and 6 weeks. Mine is now only 8 days old.
These are my first chickens.
any help is much appreciated.