Originally Posted by Kinmera
no respiratory distress at all
His crop looked good
My daughter just went outside to play and came running in to tell me he was dead . I'll just have to keep a close eye on the other birds -- their water is dosed with nutridrench now and I mixed medicated feed into their food just in case.
I'm so sorry, what a hard loss :(
I convinced my husband before we started this chicken adventure that I wouldn't get too attached to the chickens and I understand that there WILL be losses. I thought I'd be fine, but at only a week in I got myself attached to a particular chick and we lost her. She was one of the last to hatch and had curled toes and a splayed leg. She really wasn't getting around the brooder much to eat or drink so I hand fed her the Sav-A-Chick electrolyte water with a little dropper and read up here about fixing her leg/foot problems. I did the little bandaid hobbles/leg brace and chick shoes, helped her get some exercise standing up and picked her up 25x a day whenever she'd fall over and not be able to right herself with her big duck feet shoes. After 2 days I took off the shoes and she was finally walking around and eating/drinking on her own. The next day she got the hobbles/leg brace off on her own and she was RUNNING with the other chicks, I was so proud of myself as a chicken mama that I was able to fix her feet! The very next day our heat lamp broke. I couldn't get to the store for a new bulb and it was several hours until DH could get home with one. It was the same temp outside that day as inside, so I couldn't even take them outside to keep warm. I didn't realize how quickly the 70 degree temp would affect them and my Henny Penny was much smaller than the other chicks who had been eating since day 1. By the time I noticed her in distress it was too late. It finally occurred to me put a heating pad in with the chicks and they all immediately snuggled up to it... they hadn't huddled together for warmth before that so I assumed it wasn't bothering them :( I totally cried at Henny Penny's loss, I'm think I'm going to be in trouble as these chicks get older and I get more attached to others in the flock.