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URGENT!! Chickens and chicks keep dying!

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I am freaking out. I have just invested so much money, time, and love into my new business and now I have a huge problem.

I received 100 broiler chicks last Tuesday and since they were 2 days old I started losing about 2 every single day. I checked and double checked all environmental factors (food, water, cleanliness, temperature, space, etc) and it is all pristine.
Now it has started to kill my older chicks (about 13 weeks old).

Today I found a young hen right before she died. She was lethargic all day and had dirty bum feathers (I'll try to post pictures).

Please someone help!
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Welcome to BYC. You may be dealing with coccidiosis since your older chicks are slso being affected. Can you get some Corid liquid or powder from your feed store in the cattle medicine aisle? Dosage is 1 1/2 tsp of the powder or 2 tsp of the liquid per gallon of water for 5 days. Symptoms of coccidiosis are lethargy or sleepiness, not eating, standing hunched or puffed up, and diarrhea with either mucus or blood. Keep their droppings from collecting, and keep their bedding clean and dry and stirred up daily. After treating with Corid, give them vitamins and some plain yogurt to get their gut health back in order.
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Thank you! I will do this ASAP! I will have to get the medicine in the morning as the feed stores are now closed. This sounds exactly like what they have.
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