bad day

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cbrown86, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. cbrown86

    cbrown86 Songster

    Mar 7, 2011
    Well, came home from work and my fave chick was dead. I'm feeling quite discouraged. I have done everything I've been told and have still lost 4 chicks. I don't know what else to do. [​IMG] I hate when any poor little creature dies, and I've lost 4 in less than 1 wk!
  2. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Songster

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    whoa whoa whoa. Give me a litte background. Do you know whats happening

    to your birds? Losing that many in a week isn't normal. Im very sorry for your losses.

    But whats the housing/diet/bedding etc like? We may be able to figure out why they are dying,

    unless I'm missing a thread where you explained somwhere.
  3. Terri O

    Terri O Crowing

    Yes olease tell all about your methods--we want to help! No one should be discouraged by their chickens! [​IMG] Terri O
  4. cbrown86

    cbrown86 Songster

    Mar 7, 2011
    Yeah, I had an original post when the other 3 died. The first one acted a little funny. She kept falling over and wobbling when she walked. She was smaller than the others, and I thought maybe she was too cold, so I lowered the heat lamp. Well, the next morning, she was dead and the other 2 started acting lethargic. I took an hr nap and when I got up and checked on them, they were dead. I've tried just using a regular light bulb, giving em sugar water, changing the bedding from pine shavings to shredded paper towels. They didn't have weird poop. They had plenty of food and water. I tested the temp. I've tried pretty much every suggestion I have been given. Yesterday, both remaining chicks were doing great. And even when I left for work this morning they were fine. I called my husband on my break, at around 10:30, and they were still doing good. Then I got home from work at 7:30, and another was dead. And she was my favorite, bc she was so friendly. [​IMG]
  5. Terri O

    Terri O Crowing

    It sounds to me like you got some bad chicks. I didnt read your other post but folks probably told you about chills during shipping, Marek's and all the other diseases etc. I guess I would chalk this bunch up to experience and try again...sorry your first try was so hard! Terri O
  6. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

    Oct 7, 2010
    Conroe, Texas
    Truth is with shipped chicks it is a 50% survival rate. The stress from being shipped is very hard on them. Also some chicks just give up despite appearing healthy.
    Getting past the first week in chick raising is a big milestone for the wee babies.
    Not sure how mamy you ordered but if the majority made it then be happy for the survivors. Do not beat yourself up on the ones you lost as you did the best you could.
    Hang in there.
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    So sorry you've lost another one. Do you still have them in the tiny brooder box with a duckling? Have you lowered the temp in the brooder? I recall they were much too hot and crowded when you lost the earlier ones, just trying to make sure it isn't that again. [​IMG]

    Truth is, you can expect to lose a few chicks, but certainly not 50%, shipped or not. That's something that happens rarely, when it's too hot or too cold outside. I've raised chicks for almost 19 years and have only lost one in all that time.

    Hope the rest make it.
  8. cbrown86

    cbrown86 Songster

    Mar 7, 2011
    I seperated the chick from the ducks. And put a regular bulb in the lamp. But now my chick chirps all the time, unless I hold her.
  9. new chick 203

    new chick 203 Songster

    Feb 8, 2010
    Ridgefield CT
    [​IMG] so sad. You only have one left? you might want to give it a stuffed animal till you figure out what's going on. once you're sure it's nothing contagious and nothing to do with conditions in the brooder you'll need to get some more for company. Do you have a thermometer in there so you know the temp?
  10. chicknhawaii

    chicknhawaii Songster

    May 15, 2008
    Honolulu, HI
    I just wanted to say I'm so sorry for your loss. I feel for you. [​IMG] I am glad you have one left, you can spoil that one all you want. It'll need friends so I hope you'll consider trying another bunch of feathered wonders.

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