Chickens starving to death

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Donna R, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. Donna R

    Donna R Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been loosing my young birds (2-1/2 to 5 months). The are starving to death. There is absolutely no meat on their breast bone. Their feet and nails look like an old person's skinny hands with long sharp pointy nails. The are still on chick starter, have water and are in separate cages from the adults. They have been vaccinated for fowl pox, wormed with Ivermectin (orally) and Panacur. I see them eating but they won't gain any weight. It is not all the young birds, just some (Gold Laced Cochins (standard) and bnatam cochins/frizzles). Someone told me it might be aq vitamin deficiency. Please help. I feel so bad because I don't know what else to do. I brought one in the house last night (I thought he was dead, but luckily not) force fed him some Zupreme exotic bird food with water, corn syrup, and vitamins/electolytes. I put him in a carrier on a heating pad in the bathroom and he is still alive, looking a little brighter, but not much. At least he doesn't look dead. What should I do?
     
  2. FarmerChick

    FarmerChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    chicken starter at 5 mos. old?
     
  3. kidd42

    kidd42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would try them on layer mash and see if that will help. Also go to the pet store and get crickets and meal worms, they love these and is probably a fast way to get protein into them.
     
  4. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Donna, get some Red Cell at the feed store, in the equine section. Mix it in their water to look like weak tea. Give it to all the birds.........Pop
     
  5. Donna R

    Donna R Out Of The Brooder

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    If they are feeling sick I give them chick starter to get them to eat and put some weight on. Some of my chicks are giants and I keep them on starter till 6 months of age because of their size. I will try the red cell.
     
  6. kidd42

    kidd42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lollipop, is the Red Cell something you give them on a regular basis or just when they are sick? I'm new to raising chickens and suck up all the info I can get.
     
  7. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would go out right away and purchase new food. Something could be wrong with the food you have. Give the new food and plenty of fresh water. Do you give them treats? Purchase some scratch and a couple of dozen eggs. Because they are 'starving' I would put the scratch in a container or 2 and let them eat as much as they want. Scramble a dozen eggs and see how they react to that. Let us know how they react to the new food.

    Why so much medication? Did you suspect worms, see them or just worm as a precautionary measure?

    What kind of cage are they in. What is it composed of and do they ever get outside?

    Report back so we can help out.
     
  8. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    I agree- I would buy not just new food, but a new brand! I have only bought the feed store brand one time, because it caused huge issues with the health of the birds, and I switched to another right away.

    I would actually go 1/2 game bird feed, 1/2 flock raiser, since the protein content is so high, it should help them right away.

    Honestly, I use vitamins and electrolytes all the time, so they can always get what they need, pass what they don't.

    I bake old, clearance salmon and brown rice into casseroles for them, using old veggie and bean juice from cans for the moisture, along with old juice, milk, whatever.

    I feel feed can't possibly have everything they need, and diversity is a key to micronutrient inclusion.

    I always have feed available. There isn't a feeding time, but rather food there so no one gets left out. It is imperative to have it available 24/7.
     
  9. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    i would also check for cocidia, even if you don't see bloody poo. That will pull them down very fast and is typical in some young birds weight loss problems.
     
  10. Donna R

    Donna R Out Of The Brooder

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    They are on Nutrena chick starter/grower. I go thru it quite quickly so it isn't just one bag that might be bad. I also put in layer pellets by Nutrena. Still no difference. I have not seen any bloody poop. I wormed them because I thought they might have worms. When the ivermectin didn't make any difference in weight, I wormed again with the Panacur.l Still didn't make a difference.
     

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