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  1. cluelesschickmother

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Hm.. yes, I am definitely worried about that. Did you see the photos of him/her? He acts very healthy and eats and drinks more than any of my other chickens. They are all 4 1/2 months and he is 1/3 the size... how did yours die? Natural causes or was he attacked by the flock or a predator?
  2. cluelesschickmother

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Hello All! I bought 4 new silkies to add to my flock from a local breeder. They are all around 4 -5 months old and she wasn't positive of their sex. None of them are crowing or laying yet and one is an EXTREME runt. I thought I would post this thread I started here because there is much more...
  3. cluelesschickmother

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Thanks! I just read it. They really only eat the few pine shavings that have blood on them and I don't see them eating as many. They have really all plumped up and grown significantly in the last three days since I took the grit out. For some reason, they only wanted to eat the grit instead of...
  4. cluelesschickmother

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Chicken update - I was about to log on to share some very positive news, but right before I went to the computer I saw our sick chicken have a bloody poop! We were gone for two days and the neighbors said they saw no bloody poop or shavings. Last night when I returned I watched all three...
  5. cluelesschickmother

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    I will provide you with a photo when I’m back, unless the neighbors see the poop. Unfortunately, they other chicks immediately eat up all the blood and bloody pine shavings. Is that normal? I don’t know if they are eating the actual poop or just the blood surround it, I’ve only seen them eat the...
  6. cluelesschickmother

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Thank you!! That’s very kind. I can only hope this thread can help someone else down the line. I was fortunate to have very informative and generous people helping me out along the way. We definitely covered a lot of topics! I’ve handled it the best I could, I really do love all animals (maybe a...
  7. cluelesschickmother

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Yes, I absolutely don’t think the hatchery had any poor intentions but I do think they should have been more explicit as to what chicken grit was to my clearly clueless boyfriend, especially when he asked for food... The grit was removed two days ago!! They definitely were eating way too much...
  8. cluelesschickmother

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Update on sick chick- the very big black one is still alive and seemingly healthy, though I was able to determine it is indeed her stool that’s bloody. The other two are in the clear. I saw her poop this morning and it was covered in a thin more watery coat of blood, much less thick and less...
  9. cluelesschickmother

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Yes, and I have definitely heard the loud chirping before, more akin to screaming. These are definitely happy chirping chicks. I usually do have a thermometer in there and the temperature ranges from 65-75 depending on the time of day. They are 4 1/2 weeks now, and two of them were living...
  10. cluelesschickmother

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Thats what I was told! Thank you for reaffirming. Also, to comment further on their seeming improvement - I am going to keep them on the Corid and probiotic despite the unlikeliness of it being cocci because you mentioned it can't hurt?
  11. cluelesschickmother

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Thats a great idea, but unfortunately the poop was a solid poop covered in a thick layer of red bloody mucus... it was 100% blood, when I picked up the bloody droppings they looked and smelled like blood. Thankfully, since cleaning out the entire brooder and taking away the grit I see many...
  12. cluelesschickmother

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    I am not anymore, but there is a little sugar in the vitamin supplement I was giving them.
  13. cluelesschickmother

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Who knows!! I can not imagine either, as far as I can tell they have superb living conditions. They do go REALLY crazy for the grit, its as if I am bringing them worms... so I had a suspicion there were filling up on it instead of the food and that it would cause harm either internally or from...
  14. cluelesschickmother

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    The blood DEFINITELY came from the poop. I saw one of the chicks leave a bloody poop right in front of me. It looks like a normal solid poop coated in a thick bloody mucus (a little different than most of the bloody cocci stools I see online). The blood of course gets on the bedding and the...
  15. cluelesschickmother

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Yes!! Thank you for your insight, I really appreciate all your responses. If it’s not one problem, it’s another! ONE of the chicks stool is REALLY bloody - like a solid poop covered in a thick mucus of blood. The brooder was covered in bloody droppings this morning and they were going nuts for...
  16. cluelesschickmother

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    I really appreciated your consoling and reassuring words last night, its been really difficult dealing with chick death and feeling like its my doing. I didn't realize how fragile silkies, or chickens for that matter, would be. It seems as if she's actually doing great today! I am kind of in...
  17. cluelesschickmother

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Great advice, they are all silent for now, so I will assume they aren't too cold. Thank you.
  18. cluelesschickmother

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Yes, she certainly is a lot larger... The eyes don't look as bad in person, she is squinting because of the harsh flash I had to use in the dimly lit room, I also think it makes them look more glossy. By uniform fat and fluid buildup, are you referring to how she looks so round? I cant...
  19. cluelesschickmother

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    That is certainly optimistic, but I hope you are right! It would be wonderful if she were just too self induglent, but I fear azygous's assessment may me the reality. As we've said, there is nothing I can do for now but wait and see. Hopefully the brooder isn't too cold for the splash silkies...
  20. cluelesschickmother

    Starved chicks... one dead and one with enlarged crop!!

    Okay, I posted Okay, it seems like thats all I can do for now anyways.. I just dont understand why she won't stand! She was fine when I picked her up from the hatchery two days ago! I hope she's just weak and will recover? Did you notice anything wrong with the pics?
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