All but five have died and the ones left don't look so good

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by christineavatar, Feb 16, 2015.

  1. christineavatar

    christineavatar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought 25 chicks from Ideal poultry that arrived 4 weeks ago. Seven died within the first 12 hours but I attributed that to the fact that they sent it out on the Monday that was MLK Day so it did not arrive until that Friday, the 23rd. But they have been slowly dying since. They appear to have stopped eating as well. I have done everything I can think of; pieces of bread; fruit cores; pieces of leafy vegetables, etc. They have just stopped eating. I have had batches like these in the past with no problem. Any words of advice? Suggestions?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    The 4 days in transport probably did them in.
    The ones that survived 4 weeks should have continued to improve if their nutrition and ventilation was optimal.
    Are you trying the bread, fruit and vegetables to encourage eating?
    Those things aren't really appropriate for chick nutrition. You really can't improve on non-medicated chick starter since it's formulated with all the vitamins, minerals, energy, fats and amino acids in the right ratios chicks are known to require.
    The other things are low in protein and the bread is too high in salt.
    Ill weak chicks aren't likely to go to the effort of eating fruit and veggies.

    If they won't eat on their own, they may need tube feeding. Make sure they're well hydrated before you try to feed them.
    Put some poly-vi-sol without iron in their water, or a drop directly in the mouth.
    Make sure the brooder has a warm spot but not too hot.
    Try mixing some warm water with the starter to make a moist mash.
    A probiotic is advised as well.

    Since you're in CA, you can get a necropsy free. It would be good to send one to the state poultry lab to make sure it isn't a problem other than the degraded vigor from long shipping time.
     
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2015

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