BLRW Chicks from McMurray 4 weeks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by carousel, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. carousel

    carousel Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    NW Oregon
    As most of you know 5 out of our 10 BLRW chicks got sick at just under 3 weeks of age.
    we opted to have the 3 worst chicks euthanized on Thursday, necropsied and tissue samples sent out. I should have tissue results back on Monday to give us final results.
    the 2 better of my affected chicks are better.
    no more tremmors and they are more and more acting like normal chicks. ONCE I know what caused them to be sick I will put them back with the rest of their friends to help them continue to "rehab".
    So here are my 2 sick recovering chicks about 10 days after they started to get sick.
    they are now 4 weeks +1day old
    and same chicks
    And here are 2 of my BLRW that never got sick.
    same age 4 weeks + one day.
    I think I only have one boy in the 4 chicks above, one has such a different comb? he just looks BOY.
    it is possible that out of our straight run chicks we got 1 boy and 9 girls! what would be the odds!
    the boy???? above???
    a girl????
    I know they are from a hatchary, but I think they are very pretty!
  2. RedTailRanch

    RedTailRanch Songster

    Mar 19, 2008
    Portland, OR
    My Coop
    Hey Carousel, thanks for the update. I am waiting anxiously to hear more results of the necropsies.

    Mine seem to have their good moments and there bad. The one little guy who first started showing signs made a turn for the worse yesterday and I don't know what to do. I have become very attached to him and feel so horrible. I thought of sacrificing him for a necropsy, but can not find anyone here locally that will do it at a reasonable cost. Plus, I just can bring myself to do it yet.

    Let's hope that all of this comes to an end soon so we can start enjoying our chickens again!

    It is a day for miracles, right?
  3. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    theyre so pretty!
  4. carousel

    carousel Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    NW Oregon
    All I can tell you is what we did w/ our chicks.
    I'm thinking that the older the chick the more likely they are to recover.
    we moved ours to a hospital brooder so they were not stepped on by other chicks.
    we made food water easy to get.
    we fed hard boiled eggs as an extra calorie boost and did some vit and electrolytes - both of us (the chicks were in 2 different homes) felt that the chicks got a boost form the vits and electrolytes
    The vet said if we are dealing with AE (IF we are) that most losses are in chicks younger than 4 weeks. That they pretty much starve. They are not hungry and their hatch mates tend to step on and disturb them.
    It is possible that the chicks we euthanized could have recovered as they had slightly improved, but I also felt it was critical to know what the problem was.
    whatever the problem is, the 2 that are recovering had a much milder case.
    it was hard to not give them a chance but I don't have any regrets.
  5. meant2bemommie

    meant2bemommie Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    I hope that these two little guys do ok for you!
  6. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    Ohh! They are lovely! Glad they are doing better!
  7. CayceV

    CayceV In the Brooder

    Jan 16, 2008
    British Columbia
    ..Anxiously waiting for the results. I have one BLRW chick here that is showing the same signs that is from MM as well. I'd be curious to know if there is something that can be done...
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2008
  8. redchicken

    redchicken Songster

    Sep 15, 2007
    Eastern Pa
    they are so cute

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