12 Chicks suddenly die

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chuchu, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. chuchu

    chuchu New Egg

    Nov 11, 2011
    so i had these two hens and a rooster
    one hen and the rooster were aseel breeds tall birds
    most of th 20 eggs were from the other domestic misri breed hen
    i set 20 eggs under the aseel hen on the 7th september
    i removed just one after candling after one week
    the hen broke three and ate them in the first few days
    she is an excellent broody hen so i am sure she knew they were not developing
    or maybe they just broke because aseel breed hens have small eggs with relatively thinner shells
    of the 17 eggs left one egg broke at 17 days and the chick died despite my attempts at repairing the egg
    13 eggs hatched out of the 16 eggs left between 26 and 28 september
    the 3 eggs were bad and i threw them
    4 chicks were aseel and the other 9 chicks were mixed breeds betweem misri and aseel
    we were all happy letting the chicks free range everyday for many hours in our small backyard garden
    they were kept mostly from the other hens and the rooster
    we fed them a homemade starter formula for chicks
    the chicks grew healthy with nice feathers and tails
    at a month and a half TRAGEDY
    i introduced a new hen to the flock
    it seemed healthy but our rooster and the other hen got ill and died in just one or two days max
    they had difficulty breathing and the hen had painfully swollen eyes
    i seperated them from the chicks and their mother hen
    just two days later one chick got ill
    all the chicks were given exce:(llent home made organic diets and had been perfectly healthy till now no meds
    i quarantined the chick and it died in a few hours
    then another two fall ill
    no symptoms
    just droopy feathers and then they died
    within 3 days 12 chicks had died despite trying various meds on different chicks and seperating the chicks into groups of 2 or 3
    it has been a week now and the one remaining chick is with its mother and seems healthy
    no more free ranging though
    we knew all the 13 chicks and they all had "personalities"
    since the chicks didnt show any symptoms it was almost impossible to treat them properly
    but what struck me was how fast they all died
    i cant stop blaming myself for introducing the new hen as it was probably a carrier
    i hope the last chick survives
    that should keep the hen happy
    did i mention this was my first post in BYC
    i am just soooo sad
  2. chuchu

    chuchu New Egg

    Nov 11, 2011
    the symptoms in the hen included swollen puffy eyes
    she couldnt open them poor thing
    and she smelled really bad not the usual poultry smell
    the rooster may have sneezed but no other symptoms
    it was a very healthy active rather hyper active aseel rooster
    in one day it was lying down unable to raise its neck with wheezing sounds from the neck
    the chicks died without any symptoms at all
    they would get sick one day drooping feathers then die the next
  3. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    It sounds like the new hen had something the others caught. Did you quarantine her?
    I am so sorry for your losses, and Welcome to BYC!

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