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Are my chicks sleeping or dead

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by knth, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. knth

    knth Hatching

    Apr 8, 2016
    I cant tell they have been awake for a while now and maybe they get tired just like babies to but i already had two die and im scared more will follow. The ones that died were lying on their side but these are lying on their butt and stomache i cant tell and they are quiet. Can you guys determine whether or not they are alive please?

  2. HolyChickBantam

    HolyChickBantam In the Brooder

    Apr 8, 2016
    Hey there, I worried about this just yesterday with my new Barred Rock chicks. Make sure they know where the water is (dip each chicks beak in the waterer so they know where to find it). And make sure their vents are clear (and don't have pasty butt).

    But also know that sleeping chicks can look kinda dead if you aren't use to them. I know I was startled at first.

    If they seem lathargic it might be an issue, but if they are usually chipper except when sleeping then you're likely ok :)
  3. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    If you've already had two chicks die, that's a clue you may need to intervene.

    Please, answer this question, is your brooder large enough where it's around 85-90F or 30C just directly beneath your heat source, and I'm assuming you're using a heat lamp, and around fifteen degrees cooler everywhere else in the brooder?

    If it's equally hot everywhere in the brooder, that could be your problem. Use a lower wattage bulb or raise the heat lamp up higher.

    What does the poop look like? Especially, did you notice any red in it? You may have coccidiosis and need to treat with amprolium, even if feeding medicated feed.

    Have you checked for pasty butt? It stems from overheated brooders, but sometimes chicks are just prone to it. If you don't keep little vents from crusting over, chicks will die from not being able to pass waste.

    Normal chick behavior in the first several days is to be active and curious, interspersed with sudden comatose behavior where they simply collapse anywhere they happen to be at the time sleep overcomes them, but then they are up and off to the races once again, then it's collapse time again.

    At night, if you happen to be able to block off the light, they will sleep all night long.

    I recommend you ditch the heat lamp all together, and use a heating pad. there are no over heating and fire dangers with this system, and the chicks get natural night time and will be more relaxed and healthy for it. Read about how to set it up on the thread "Mama Heating pad for the Brooder".

    If you have a coop, you can also be brooding in it, avoiding the confines of an indoor brooder box and over crowding. You can read about that in my article linked below under "Articles by azygous."
  4. knth

    knth Hatching

    Apr 8, 2016
    Their poop is fine and it is 90 degrees and i checked for pasty butt but sometimes they randomly jump and jerk up when they are lying down and one was laying on his sides but still breathing

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