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Chicks dying!!! HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by joneus, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. joneus

    joneus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They were fine half an hour ago and now are dropping dead. Symptoms are panting, drooped wings, chirping loudly, going limp and then passing. I've lost 3 in the last 10 mins with 2 following.

    They're between 2 and 3 days old, were on play sand until they started eating it and are now on paper towels.

    What happened??? Is there anything I can do to save the others!??
     
  2. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Panting? What temperature are you keeping them at? Do they have the ability to move away from the heat source if they're too hot?
     
  3. joneus

    joneus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Temp is at 95, they have plenty of room to move.
     
  4. Jay262

    Jay262 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree sounds like there to hot you might wanna raise your heat lamp and get the temp down. If you dont have a temometer raise it away a couple feet and if there still panting even more. If they start huddling togather there to cold.
     
  5. joneus

    joneus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should I try to get them to drink something??
     
  6. Jay262

    Jay262 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes and add a little sugar to the water it helps them energy wise not alot maybe a teaspoon full to lets say a masonjar of water idk how big your water is.
     
  7. ChicknThief

    ChicknThief Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like dehydration caused by over-heating. Are you sure that your themometer is working properly? I always used 3-4 thermometers just to be sure. Dip each of their beaks in sugar water. Hopefully you can save the rest [​IMG] I'm so sorry [​IMG]
     
  8. joneus

    joneus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's the conclusion I came to. There was one that wasnt as bad off as the rest, so I worked on him first with an eye dropper and a 50/50 mix of water and orange juice. Within 10 mins or so he was responsive and squirming when I picked him up. I wasn't able to save the other two, but the remaining 5 are doing fine.

    I suspect there is an issue with the thermometer be ause they seem perfectly comfortable with 81 degrees. I've added "Save-A-Chick" to their water and will keep them on that and wet mash for the next couple of days just to cover the bases- does that sound like a good plan?

    This has been a horrifying experience, to say the least. I just hope I've got it under control now!
     
  9. ChicknThief

    ChicknThief Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's the conclusion I came to. There was one that wasnt as bad off as the rest, so I worked on him first with an eye dropper and a 50/50 mix of water and orange juice. Within 10 mins or so he was responsive and squirming when I picked him up. I wasn't able to save the other two, but the remaining 5 are doing fine.

    I suspect there is an issue with the thermometer be ause they seem perfectly comfortable with 81 degrees. I've added "Save-A-Chick" to their water and will keep them on that and wet mash for the next couple of days just to cover the bases- does that sound like a good plan?

    This has been a horrifying experience, to say the least. I just hope I've got it under control now!

    That sounds like a great plan. I'm so sorry you had to go through that. We all have to learn. In fact, that exact scenario is how I learned to keep more than one thermometer. Another supplement I would add is PolyViSol. It is a brand of baby vitamin. I have used it with great success with both chicks and adult birds.
     

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