are my chickens to cold? why are they dying?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rockhill, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. rockhill

    rockhill In the Brooder

    Aug 29, 2008
    Lake Creek, Oregon
    I have 2 month old chickens they are rhode islands and I put them in the big coop because they were out growing there brooder. But I've lost 2 since they appear lethargic and cant keep balance then they die. It gets about 50 degrees at night and they are in a enclosed area. could they be to cold or could it be something else? I was told they would be ok at this age without a heat lamp as I have no power to my coop at this time. Are there any other ways to keep them warm at night?[​IMG]
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    They are sick. They've caught a disease. Lots of water w/ vitamins. Maybe milk. Get them on some antibiotics ASAP.
  3. rockhill

    rockhill In the Brooder

    Aug 29, 2008
    Lake Creek, Oregon
    What kinda disease could it be? I give them vitamins and will get some antibiotics. They were vaccinated before I got them not sure for what. How do I keep them from getting sick.
  4. farmergal

    farmergal Songster

    Jul 21, 2008
    Nor Cal
    Chances are they were vaccinated for Merek's disease -- that's the most common vaccine given to day-old chicks, esp. if you got them from a hatchery.

    I'm sorry for your loss... good luck!!
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Rockhill, I'm sorry for your losses. At 8 weeks old your chicks should be able to handle 50 degrees at night. I would look for something else in their enviroment causing the problem and not jump the gun to disease right off. You need to know what's causing the problem and if it's a disease what kind before you'd know which antibiotic to use.
    Please tell us a little bit more about your set-up. 1.) what are you feeding them? 2.) what are you using for bedding in the coop? 3.) are there any other symptoms besides lethargy and balance problems? any sneezing or nasal drainage? 4.) were there other birds kept in the area where your chickens now live?
  6. rockhill

    rockhill In the Brooder

    Aug 29, 2008
    Lake Creek, Oregon
    We have our chicks in a out building we turned into a coop, they are still on the starter and I lost another one this morning I havn't noticed any nasal drainage in the chicks and im at a total loss as to what's going on. I noticed mice droppings this morning and I know that could be a problem. I dont want to lose another chick. I just dont know what could be wrong.We have used large pine shavings since they arrived and haven't had a problem.
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2008
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    What do their stools look like? Could be cocci at that age and the sudden shock of cool temps, which stresses the body.

    The mice are definitely a problem as they are disease vectors. I would work on a solution for that as well.


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