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Chicks dying en masse, no symptoms!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PrairieChickens, Jan 4, 2016.

  1. PrairieChickens

    PrairieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I considered that possibility, but every now and then, I catch them before they've passed on, and they're terribly lethargic. I'll try to give them water or food, and they'll just tumble over and then make their way back to the huddle where they eventually die.
     
  2. PrairieChickens

    PrairieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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  4. PrairieChickens

    PrairieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No cedar, and you'll be happy to know that those two are very fit and friendly
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Any bullying going on? Bigger chicks keeping the smaller chicks from the food and water?
     
  6. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    The two that were pointed out, check their crops to see how full they are.
     
  7. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Are they eating?
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Duh! Excellent point. Enola might be onto something... Healthy chicks will have crops that are nice and full.

    Healthy chicks will also make daily weight gains of no less that 5% of their body weight per day, so get a kitchen scale and get a baseline weight on all of them. Those that don't make daily gains are more likely to die.

    -Kathy
     
  9. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Chicks die very quickly from coccidiosis. An untrained eye may not even notice symptoms.
     
  10. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    I am thinking of avian influenza.
     

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