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3 day old chicks in brooder dying

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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.

Thank you

Mother of 3 boys and 1 girl, Grandmother of a beautiful bouncing baby girl, sharing my life with 1 rescued Spanish greyhound, 3 rescued cats, 1 cochin pullet, 2 black australorp hens, 1 buff orpington pullet and 1 buff orpington rooster
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Mother of 3 boys and 1 girl, Grandmother of a beautiful bouncing baby girl, sharing my life with 1 rescued Spanish greyhound, 3 rescued cats, 1 cochin pullet, 2 black australorp hens, 1 buff orpington pullet and 1 buff orpington rooster
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post #2 of 5

Chicks can suffer shipping stress which can cause dehydration, chilling, and pasty butt. About the only treatment is to give them poultry vitamins with electrolytes or a drench, and keeping the vent clean and free from droppings. Also keep them warm. Sorry for your loss.

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How warm is the light you have? If the ambient temp of the room is 66 F, that is a little low. They need to be at 95 for the first week, 90 for the second, and 85 for the third. They cannot regulate their body temp at all at this point, and their fluff only helps so much. Are they huddling at all?

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they had  a brinsea ecoglow. the last one died. From the symptoms it looked like cocci...:hit

Mother of 3 boys and 1 girl, Grandmother of a beautiful bouncing baby girl, sharing my life with 1 rescued Spanish greyhound, 3 rescued cats, 1 cochin pullet, 2 black australorp hens, 1 buff orpington pullet and 1 buff orpington rooster
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Awww. I'm so sorry. :-(  I hope you have better luck next time. Might try to wrap their crate up as well to keep them warmer. I find that being chilled is often the start of worse things. I'm so sorry.

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