2 chicks dead and one dying, HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chick_In_The_Burbs, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I lost the first yesterday afternoon (dark Cornish), a second around midnight (jersey giant)and now this one is displaying the same issues.


    5 day old Jersey Giant chick, shipped from mcmurray on Monday, arrived Tuesday, seemed perfectly healthy until I found her this morning.

    she is listless, can't walk but is still peeping occasionally. She doesn't want to open her eyes or move at all.

    They have nutri-drench in their water and have from the beginning. I haven't seen her poop and her crop seems empty.

    I am eye droppering her sugar water a little at a time right now. Anyone know what this is and what I can do about it?
     
  2. stefan333

    stefan333 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've noticed you're not a newbie to the forums, so I don't want to assume that you're new at this. But just in case: Have you seen them eat at all since you got them? Did you dip their beeks in water and food when you first got them? ANY pooping in the last 5 days? Do you have a heat lamp on them? I have also heard that too much sugar and additives in their water can cause problems, but I've never even used it, so I'm not 100% sure.
     
  3. Ataylor

    Ataylor Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm so sorry. I can't offer any advice just my condolences. [​IMG]
     
  4. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tons of poop, everyone seemed to be eating and drinking. I go light on the additives, just enough to see a minor color change I the water and after the first few days I start alternating vitamins or not when I change/ refill the water. Heat lamps are going (2 separate brooders to avoid crowding)
     
  5. stefan333

    stefan333 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like you have everything covered, so I'm not sure what it could be. The only other things I can possibly think of: Is there poop reddish or bloody? Coccidiosis. Have you used harsh chemicals to clean out the brooder? I've only had older birds occasionally display these symptoms, never new chicks, so I'm kind of at a loss for what it could be.
     
  6. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I lysoled the brooders then rinsed them with water. No blood in the poop.
     
  7. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Called mcmurray, they said it sounds like shipping stress reactions. Not much I can do beyond what I am doing. [​IMG]
     
  8. stefan333

    stefan333 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use Lysol, too, on my brooders. It seems like everytime I've moved my younger chickens around to a new living space at least one of them will get stressed and die, so shipping stress is definately a big possibility.
     
  9. chickenjudy

    chickenjudy Out Of The Brooder

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    I had the same thing happen with McMurray chicks last week. Got about 60 in, lost ALL the Sumatras either in transit or shortly thereafter but others all seemed fine for about 2 days then lost 1-3 a day for another few days and all have been fine since. I've raised hundreds of chicks so not new to any of this either and finally just chalked it up to stress and weaker chicks from the shipping. The ones that came this week got here in 24 hours and have all been just fine so thinking the first bunch just had a rough trip and some weren't strong enough to take it all.
     

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