In the Brooder
- Mar 18, 2009
In my first hatch I had about 20 chicks make it out of the eggs, 24 hours later they were moved to the brooder, and 24 hours after that they started chirping loudly, and flopping all over the brooder limply. They started suddenly seizing, and almost looked like they were choking. I did all i could but they all died with in the next 10 minutes. I was completely devastated! The brooder temp was correct, clean, had food and water (were drinking), and I had added the correct vitamin solution. I called the lady who sold the eggs to me, she said it sounded like a bacteria that may have spread through the the flock while they were still in their eggs, or just after hatching. I'm giving it another go, but I'm looking for some advise from anyone who has had something like this happen, or anyone who wants to take the time to write me. I'm using a different brooder this time, a larger cardboard box with paper towels for the first few days, and pine shavings after that. I have a drop light with a heat lamp that I monitor the temperature of. The chicks will have medicated feed and vitamin enriched water. I'm very nervous about this next batch, they are hatching in about 5 days. Anyone with any advise that could help me avoid another disaster I would so welcome! Thank you!!