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baby chicks died after 1 day

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by suzied, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. suzied

    suzied Hatching

    Feb 21, 2016
    Maui, Hawaii
    Our hen appeared in our yard with 4 seemingly healthy chicks yesterday, one chick was left behind in the nest area with 5 other unhatched eggs. I tried to catch the 5th chick to get her with the group but it kept hiding behind our tool shed. The other 4 appeared fine and were walking around. learning to scratch, and eating in our yard all day. This morning when I checked the nest one chick was dead so I removed it. The others weren't looking too good.They were peeping but laying kinda on their side. I found one of the chicks dead in a clutch of eggs on the other side of our property. Sadly, none of the chicks survived. Does anyone know what could have caused their sudden death? They seemed so healthy yesterday. They were covered with tiny tiny mites when we removed them today. Also, all the unhatched eggs are now completely covered with leaves and dirt. Should we get rid of the eggs? Is there any chance of them hatching?
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2016

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I'd say get rid of the eggs. The mites could have been a contributory factors to your loss but it could be many other factors including access to water, appropriate food etc - its difficult to know.


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