Chick passed away

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by melpatel, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. melpatel

    melpatel Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 20, 2009
    This morning when I checked on my chicks, one looked a little lethargic and was closing its eyes and seemed to be breathing a little hard. I watched them for a while and noticed the chick had whitish poop. I had to go out for the day and when I came home it was laying down and breathing hard. I took the chicks out to see if it would perk up being outside, but it just seemed to lay there as the other chicks walked over and even pecked at him so I decided to move him inside into its own box. Within two hours it was dead. I have cleaned the brooder well and sprayed it down with vinegar. The other chicks seem to be doing well, but not as perky as before. I am new to all this. Does anyone have any ideas what has happened and if there's anything I can do to prevent this from happening to another chick. I have two chicks now that are almost four weeks, but in a couple more weeks I'll be getting twenty more.
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Get them some teramyacin in some sugar water ASAP.
  3. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Losses are normal when dealing with young chicks. I would probably get sugar water too, but I wouldnt worry myself about it, unless I was sure it was a disease...
  4. emvickrey

    emvickrey ChowDown Silkie Farm

    Mar 5, 2009
    Hornbeak, Tennessee
    I also have one that is weak. It has been since it hatched. It was 2 days late and got stuck to the shell it took soo long for it to get out. I had to use warm water to get it un-stuck and help it out. It never has eaten much or get around fast and perky like the others. Today I noticed that he was very weak and just chirping away. I took him out and his feet where getting cold. So we held him to our bodies to warm him until I could get a spot for him to be alone so the others wouldn't harm him. Last I checked he was in the incubator resting. Still alive but He wil not eat. I tried to hand feed him with no luck. I may have gotten a little bit in but not much. I really don't expect him to make it through the night. He didn't get a good start. The others are growing and striving like they are suppose to and have more than trippled in size. The weak one hasn't grown at all. He is a week old today.

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