chicks died suddenly....what happened?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickencity, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. chickencity

    chickencity Chillin' With My Peeps

    175
    0
    129
    Mar 21, 2008
    i bought my chicks from the feed store on tuesday. everyone is healthy and happy but last night i hread some loud peeping which was nothing unusual. it was an hour from the last time i checked them and then found one of my bardrocks dead. she was still warm and had no signs of injuries she was not wet but had a pool of clear liquid around her beak that felt slimy. her stomach felt a bit like a soft ballon. any ideas of what may have happend?
     
  2. Nuggetsowner:)

    Nuggetsowner:) Chillin' With My Peeps

    573
    2
    151
    Aug 2, 2007
    Minnesota
    I have no idea, I have luckily never lost a chick. Sorry to hear of your loss. I thought I would bump this back to the top so maybe you could get an answer. Good luck with the rest of your chicks!!
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Some times baby chicks do die for no reason in the first week or so. Don't beat yourself up about it. Could have had something wrong inside, or ate a shaving that got stuck.

    Best of luck with the rest!
     
  4. chickencity

    chickencity Chillin' With My Peeps

    175
    0
    129
    Mar 21, 2008
    it could have been the shavings. i was cleaning the bunny cage and thought it would be a good a idea to but some shavings in the broder. they acted like i gave gave them gold lol. they would pick up a peice and then run around with it. but they calmed down after an hour or so of playing with them. i didn't put any in there this moring.
     
  5. HenHaven

    HenHaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    875
    1
    161
    Mar 3, 2007
    Coarsegold, CA
    Are your shavings cedar or pine? While cedar shavings are fine for other animals, they are toxic to chickens.
     
  6. chickencity

    chickencity Chillin' With My Peeps

    175
    0
    129
    Mar 21, 2008
    the shavings are aspen. i have two chicks today that had drity bottoms so i moved the light up about an inch or two. they arent huddled under the light or crowding the walls. they are bascailly just all over the place.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by