Chicks dying a few days after hatch

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Swpreciousfew, Mar 18, 2018.

  1. Swpreciousfew

    Swpreciousfew Just Hatched

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    We had a power outage 2 weeks in to incubation.. I lost a lot of eggs and wasnt sure Id get anything to hatch. I ended up with 10 chicks. One died about 30 hours after hatch.. the other I just found tonight (so about 4 days after). They seemed to be healthy, no issues. Do you think the power outage/loss of temp caused issues with the guys that did hatch? So devastating!
     
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  2. HuskerHens18

    HuskerHens18 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can your chicks eat the feed? Some chicks have troubles eating crumbles so young, it's suggested you crush it even further so it's easy to swallow.
    I've only incubated once, (currently doing my second) but I don't THINK they would die because of it this long after it happened.
    Did either of those chicks act funny or different before they died?
    It's so sad to lose chickens, so I feel your pain :hit
     
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  3. Swpreciousfew

    Swpreciousfew Just Hatched

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    They have all been eating and drinking.. and were active hours before before I found them dead.

    I have never lost any of the chicks I hatched in the past so this is tough!
     
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  4. HuskerHens18

    HuskerHens18 Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's so weird, I'm very sorry you lost them :( I hope the rest do okay. Hopefully someone who is more experienced in situations like this will have advice for you
     
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  5. tootmany

    tootmany Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't say as far as chicks go, but for tortoises.. hatching conditions that were not quite right can stunt growth of internal organs. Usually doesn't affect them that fast though. I hope the rest are ok <3
     
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  6. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    my first guess would be that they are getting too cold or hot....

    It is best to have a large brooder with a warm end and a cold end
     
  7. Swpreciousfew

    Swpreciousfew Just Hatched

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    They are in a large pen--large enough for 20 chicks. This is my 3rd batch this year and have not had any issues with the previous chicks. Lamp is at one end, far end is cool.
     
  8. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    no mice getting in and pooping on stuff? No moldy food?
     
  9. Swpreciousfew

    Swpreciousfew Just Hatched

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    They are eating the same crumble as the 4 week olds in the other brooder-- no issues with them. Feed is fresh.. within a week.
     
  10. Wickedchicken6

    Wickedchicken6 Be the change you wish to see. Premium Member Project Manager

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    How long was the power off?
     

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