20 day old chick died this morning

daydreamer226

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I had 16 fertile eggs in the incubator. 7 hatched. They all were doing so good until this morning, One of the babies passed away. No signs or anything. I am heartbroken. Anyone know why this might of happened? First time chicken mom ♡
 

ChickenCanoe

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Do you mean 20 day old chick or 20 day old embryo? As in they hatched 20 days ago or the incubation was on day 20.

Chicks can die for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes they just fail to thrive. There is even a disease called sudden death syndrome.

Embryos on the other hand can quit for many reasons due to temperature, turning, breeder health and nutrition, time in storage and to a lesser degree, humidity.
 

daydreamer226

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Nov 13, 2020
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Do you mean 20 day old chick or 20 day old embryo? As in they hatched 20 days ago or the incubation was on day 20.

Chicks can die for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes they just fail to thrive. There is even a disease called sudden death syndrome.

Embryos on the other hand can quit for many reasons due to temperature, turning, breeder health and nutrition, time in storage and to a lesser degree, humidity.
20 day old chick. They seemed so healthy and happy. I'm concerned that I will lose more chicks now. I don't know what I did wrong.
 

daydreamer226

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I am so sorry.
Could you provide a little more information or pictures?
What does your setup look like, what are you feeding them, etc.
I have them in a large box in my backbroom. In the process of moving them to a bigger space today. They have a heat lamp, waterer, feeder, and a couple of feather dusters. Im feeding them the crumble my neighbor is using for her chickens. I dont have the name right now, but its not medicated. She told me I can used the powder medication.
 

CluckerFamily

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I have them in a large box in my backbroom. In the process of moving them to a bigger space today. They have a heat lamp, waterer, feeder, and a couple of feather dusters. Im feeding them the crumble my neighbor is using for her chickens. I dont have the name right now, but its not medicated. She told me I can used the powder medication.
The way you have the heat lamps, does it allow them to get away if they are too hot?
I normally do the medicated, not sure what others do.
Like others have said, sometimes it isn't anything you have done. But if you are like me, you want to make sure.
 

daydreamer226

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Nov 13, 2020
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You may have done nothing wrong. Not every living creature is destined to die of old age.
A common cause of death in 20 day old chicks is coccidiosis. Are any of them hunched up? Do you have some Corid on hand?
Keeping bedding bone dry and feeders full usually keeps coccidiosis at bay.
Thank you. I think that powder my neighbor has is corid. The feed store is closed today but im buying the medicated food on monday. I cant tell if they are hunched up or not, the run around when I talk or sing to them?
 

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