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40ish out of 100 Chicks are alive. More are dying all the time

post #1 of 6
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I ordered 100 meat chicks and they came yesterday only 50ish were alive and healthy looking and 10ish were sick and almost dead. The sick ones died last night but this morning there were many seemingly healthy chicks dead. We only have 40ish healthy and 6 sick looking. They are lethargic and die within a few hours of showing symptoms. When they walk they wobble and use their wings to walk and keep balance.We have given them food and water, If you put their beak near the water they will take a drink.

 

I have googled chicken diseases and none of the symptoms match up.

 

Please help.

post #2 of 6

Did you notify the hatchery you ordered them from? I would never accept a 50% loss on this. Contact them immediately and see if they have suggestions. If you had that big of a loss, my guess is others would have as well. We just ordered 125 meat chicks, and we have lost 10, but your case is not good. Are you giving them electrolytes in their water? Do they have enough room?

post #3 of 6
Can you say where you got them?
post #4 of 6
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Yes, we did notify them and they are sending more. We got a batch about a month ago and they had the same amount of room. we have lost about 15 more and 8 more are acting sick.

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Wow. That is tough to deal with. I would try to separate any remaining chicks that seem to be OK, and when all of the sick ones are gone, I would basically sterilize the whole area. It seems that something besides failure to thrive is the problem, and you don't want to go through this again. Ugh. I feel for you!!! :--(

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May I ask where you ordered them from?

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