Babies Dying!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by whudson, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. whudson

    whudson Out Of The Brooder

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    We had a hatch of orpingtons last week, and on the 3rd or 4th day, I found one laying in the run. I thought it was dead, but I picked him up and he acted SO sleepy.

    I brought him in and put him in the brooder, dipped his beak in water and he drank a little but didn't seem interested.

    When I put him down, he would fall asleep. If I picked him up, he would fall asleep in my hand.

    Late that night, he died.


    Today, a 4 day old Brahma was stumbling around the run. He just seems completely lethargic!
    He couldn't keep up with mama Hen. So I brought him in for the brooder.
    All he wants to do is sleep.

    I can't get him to eat or drink anything.

    The rest of the babies are being raised by mama hen and seem to be doing great; So what's going on?

    I don't want to lose another chick.
     
  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you been able to notice their poop?

    Is there any blood?
     
  3. whudson

    whudson Out Of The Brooder

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    No blood.
     
  4. CheerfulHeart2

    CheerfulHeart2 Creative Problem Solver

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    So sorry. Hope someone can give you some insight.[​IMG]
     
  5. whudson

    whudson Out Of The Brooder

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    Nevermind - He's dead.
     
  6. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are you feeding them? The baby chicks should be getting medicated chick starter. They SHOULD NOT be eating the layer pellets/crumbles because the high amount of calcium causes kidney damage and failure in the babies.

    I would also suggest that mom and babies be confined in a 4 or 5 foot square pen or similar. Sometimes they wander to far from water and can't find it and trying to keep up with mom is using a lot of energy they just don't have right now.

    Do any of the others have issues. Please post them.

    Sorry about the babies
     

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