I had 2 chickens about 2 weeks old. Two days ago one suddenly died for no apparant reason. Today got two more baby chicks, 12 hours later the two new chicks have pooped out their guts (literally) and are dead. Also, the 2nd original chicken is dead but no guts.
My 2 year old daughter and the neighbor brought them out to me from the brooding box and showed me. Not sure if they literally squeezed them too hard or what. Though, I doubt this happened as they are pretty timid around the chickens. I did notice two large spiders hiding out in the box. Not sure if that is significant. Just common house spiders. Would there have been contamination in the box from the first chick that finally caught up with the rest?
It did seem a little odd that this morning when I added the two new chicks to the brooder that they did not seem near as active as the original two had when I first got them. Perhaps they were sick to begin with.
Any ideas would be appreciated.
Edited by kurto - 4/9/09 at 7:13pm