Chicks dying en masse, no symptoms!

PrairieChickens

Songster
7 Years
Jun 29, 2012
1,682
355
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Kansas
Alright, so let me start off by saying, this isn't my first time around the block with chickens. I've hatched out and raised hundreds over the past few years, and aside from a case of failure to thrive here or there, or some other obvious malady like a birth defect, I've had tremendous success with them. Recently, though, I'm losing more chicks than I'm able to raise to adulthood, and the worst part is, there's no symptoms or warning. They have clean water, food, warmth, and a dry, clean brooder, but every morning I wake up to more dead chicks.

There's no discharge from their eyes or nostrils, no paralysis or bloody stools... I can see no outward sign of illness before the chicks suddenly become lethargic and die. It also only seems to affect the smallest babies--once the chicks have most of their feathers, they are apparently no longer susceptible to whatever is killing them.

Any ideas!?
 

PrairieChickens

Songster
7 Years
Jun 29, 2012
1,682
355
221
Kansas
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no teflon... It's the same kind of bulb I've always used.
 

Trefoil

Songster
8 Years
Dec 7, 2011
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I would check the bulb to make sure its not "shatterproof i.e. teflon coated. Also check to make sure that they are warm enough. It may help to separate them into smaller groups. I always put 2 tablespoons of ACV in my chicks water. I don't know if it helps or not because I've not had problems with chicks yet. I do know that by separating the smallest chicks out, they tend to catch up quicker. Last I would try another brand of starter.
 

PrairieChickens

Songster
7 Years
Jun 29, 2012
1,682
355
221
Kansas
I would love to separate them but I can't right now. I do have ACV in the water, and I will double check the lamp when I have a chance. (I know the package is around here somewhere)
 

BeachMomma

Chirping
Jun 25, 2015
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NC
From the picture it looks like all of them are trying to stay under the heat lamp. Could it be possible that the smaller ones are getting suffocated by the bigger ones?
 

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