Originally Posted by mychickenbrood
I did give some sugar water to one earlier, but am not sure if it was the one I mentioned in this post. I found another that was a little weak during my next check, so brought her in too. They are both eating a little and drinking, but one is much better than the other. I decided to set them up with a heater and light (some heat there, but not like the red light I have on the other chicks) thus the heater, to be sure the room is warm enough.
I hope they make it.
I had over 50 chicks on my last shipment and lost five total I think, over four days. Some were exotics. This shipment took two days to reach me, so I think it might have affected them more.
As I was reading your post, I was wondering if there were delays involved. And, with the temperatures as they've been ... I had keets arrive in similar condition, with one dead for some period during shipment, and lost a few within the first few days as well w/o warning. One thing that I thought of later was that all the rest trampled all about that shipping container, and most probably pecked around on the remains. So, those that passed had most probably considerably higher levels of botulism in their mouths/gut, and probably died as a result of the toxins this bacteria produces.
One treatment for this is the inclusion of Apple Cider Vinegar, at the rate of four teaspoon to the gallon (but not in galvanized metal containers), which does a whole lot of other good things for your birds. This also removes the mucus from their systems, allowing them to take in the nutrients/vitamins better, as well as the amprolium from medicated feed. I no longer give it continuously at full concentration, but in a cycle in which I reduce it by one teaspoon progressively, and then increase it again, but it should be given for at least three days, adjusting if req'd, with the target being 5~6 pH. I also filter the chlorine from all water offered, as this alone has improved intake by 6-8% (in my own non-clinical un-scientific tests, that is ~'-)
Hope the rest continue to do well ...