6 week old chicks showing signs of illness in a few

DeRock89

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I just got 5 new hens three days ago. 4 Easter Eggers and one silkie. As of last night they where fine and showing no signs of illness(other then one with what I think is a pecking injury) I have them quarantined from my existing chickens. This morning when I checked on them, one was being uncharaccteristicly still with her wings a little splayed out. I went to check on her and she was listless with her eyes closed, but breathing. She would open her eyes sometimes. I immediately quarantined her in a warm place with close by food and water. Within two hours she passed away. The night before I was watching her eat and drink with the rest.

When I got home from work the one with the pecking injury was laying away from the rest and appeared groggy but no nearly as sick as the one this morning.

I immediately quarantined her away too. She’s eating and drinking but very sluggishly. I applied blue Kote and No Peck to her injury the night I brought her home. She’s VERY upset about being separated from the flock and constantly doing that chirping sound that chicks make when they are alone. I’m worried they I’m gonna do more harm then good by causing her so much distress from being alone.

They all have plenty of food, clean water, and a clean pin, with a heat lamp so they have somewhere warm to be. It’s about 80 degrees at the warmest point under the light. The food I’m using is Dumar organic chick feed with no additives or “GMO”

Two of the five chicks, the silkie and one Easter Egger are very active and seem happy.

Please help me. These are pets to me and I’m already very attached to them.. I don’t want to loose more... I’m new to chickens as if 6 months ago.. I called several vets and they said they don’t care for chickens... there poo was a little runny in my opinion but what do I know..

Here are pictures.

This was Beetle this morning before she passed. There where no visible signs of injury or infection that I could find.
https://i.imgur.com/xsu3rcj.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/ieEmdX7.jpg

This was all of them eating while I had them in a temp pin when I brought them home while I was setting up the permanent pin.

https://i.imgur.com/YUcvYn1.jpg


This is the one with the pecking injury that I applied blue Kote and Peck-No-More to after I got them home. She is the one that’s acting sick now...
https://i.imgur.com/AUJOQgX.jpg

Here is my setup. Now as I write this and took the picture for this post, I notice the white one is laying away from the others...
https://i.imgur.com/bB4GFyQ.jpg

This is killing me... I feel so helpless
 

4 ever Orpington

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I just got 5 new hens three days ago. 4 Easter Eggers and one silkie. As of last night they where fine and showing no signs of illness(other then one with what I think is a pecking injury) I have them quarantined from my existing chickens. This morning when I checked on them, one was being uncharaccteristicly still with her wings a little splayed out. I went to check on her and she was listless with her eyes closed, but breathing. She would open her eyes sometimes. I immediately quarantined her in a warm place with close by food and water. Within two hours she passed away. The night before I was watching her eat and drink with the rest.

When I got home from work the one with the pecking injury was laying away from the rest and appeared groggy but no nearly as sick as the one this morning.

I immediately quarantined her away too. She’s eating and drinking but very sluggishly. I applied blue Kote and No Peck to her injury the night I brought her home. She’s VERY upset about being separated from the flock and constantly doing that chirping sound that chicks make when they are alone. I’m worried they I’m gonna do more harm then good by causing her so much distress from being alone.

They all have plenty of food, clean water, and a clean pin, with a heat lamp so they have somewhere warm to be. It’s about 80 degrees at the warmest point under the light. The food I’m using is Dumar organic chick feed with no additives or “GMO”

Two of the five chicks, the silkie and one Easter Egger are very active and seem happy.

Please help me. These are pets to me and I’m already very attached to them.. I don’t want to loose more... I’m new to chickens as if 6 months ago.. I called several vets and they said they don’t care for chickens... there poo was a little runny in my opinion but what do I know..

Here are pictures.

This was Beetle this morning before she passed. There where no visible signs of injury or infection that I could find.
https://i.imgur.com/xsu3rcj.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/ieEmdX7.jpg

This was all of them eating while I had them in a temp pin when I brought them home while I was setting up the permanent pin.

https://i.imgur.com/YUcvYn1.jpg


This is the one with the pecking injury that I applied blue Kote and Peck-No-More to after I got them home. She is the one that’s acting sick now...
https://i.imgur.com/AUJOQgX.jpg

Here is my setup. Now as I write this and took the picture for this post, I notice the white one is laying away from the others...
https://i.imgur.com/bB4GFyQ.jpg

This is killing me... I feel so helpless
:welcome
 

DeRock89

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Mar 19, 2018
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Oh my God!! I freaking out! The white one was fine when I got home and now she’s laying on her side!!! They where fine until I put them in the new pin! Within hours, Dropping!!! Someone help!! https://imgur.com/a/fqAkq
 

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:welcome
So, you have pullets (female chickens under a year old) that are 6 weeks old, correct? At that age, they should be weaned off of heat and ready to go out to the coop. I can't say if they are too hot, but chickens don't deal with excess heat well. I don't know if they are sick or not, because I haven't had this particular experience.
 

bobbi-j

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I think you need to back off on the heat. Do you know how warm they were kept when you got them? I can't think of anything else that could be wrong. Hopefully someone who has experienced this will chime in.
 

DeRock89

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These two are preening themselves and chirping away, and walking about. Their gullets feel full. I’ve noticed the other two feel like they have thin gullets.

https://imgur.com/a/Ky5bU

All of this feels like it’s relevant to being moved to their pin. I moved them to their pin yesterday evening. I know I’m spamming posts, but I feel like time is very important and I’m trying to give as much information as I can, as it comes to me to not have ALL my birds die.
 

DeRock89

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Mar 19, 2018
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I think you need to back off on the heat. Do you know how warm they were kept when you got them? I can't think of anything else that could be wrong. Hopefully someone who has experienced this will chime in.

I made the pin big enough to be sure the could get away from the lamp if they needed to.. so I need to ditch the lamp?
 

DeRock89

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Mar 19, 2018
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The white one just passed. She was moving about when I got home 4 hours ago and is now rolled over and dead in the quarantine area. I have my other adult ones outside with their pin and coop. I built this 4 by 8 pen to let them grow older before putting them in with the rest. I put the pin in my garage. I cleaned it up and put down fresh bedding. I wonder if there is some sort of contamination down there in the garage. In 12 hours I’ve lost two birds and one is sick too. I moved them to my hall bathroom for now...
 

bobbi-j

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I made the pin big enough to be sure the could get away from the lamp if they needed to.. so I need to ditch the lamp?
Where are they being kept? Is there a way they can get outside in the sunshine during the day? How long have you had them under the heat lamp? How cold does it get at night?
 
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