chicks panting and then die??? !!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by roosty, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. roosty

    roosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A friend of mine has a few chicks she hatched from her bator. They all hatched late (2,3,4 days late) and then they didnt hatch..she actually had to hatch them. (Her temps were off but she has it fixed now).They were doing fine at first but then one by one they would start panting and then lay down and die. 3 so far has done this. What could be causing this? I really need to know because she has some of my eggs over there cause I ran out of room in my bator. I dont want to bring the chicks home when they hatch ( due to hatch today)if the others have a disease of some sort. They are hatching in the same bator as the dying ones.

    PS: the temp in her brooder is NOT to hot. I thought that they might be getting to hot but her temp is fine and they have plenty of room to get away from the heat. She does have them on puppy pee pads, I dont know if that has anything to do with it.
     
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  2. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    They are what I call unthrifty. it could be be course of the incubator temp combined with her 'help' sometime helping is not good. Its very hard not too.
     
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    ...and puppy pee pads are treated with a urea-based substance that has no place in a closed space. The fumes are possibly killing the chicks.
     
  4. roosty

    roosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and puppy pee pads are treated with a urea-based substance that has no place in a closed space. The fumes are possibly killing the chicks.

    I also thought the puppy pads might be the cause.
    I have never used them nor have I ever heard of anybody using them till now.

    Edited to add: I just did a search on here and some people do use those puppy pads. Maybe its not that.

    They are what I call unthrifty. it could be be course of the incubator temp combined with her 'help' sometime helping is not good. Its very hard not too

    I dont know...I have helped plenty of chicks since I started hatching years ago and have never had one pant and gasp for air and lay down and die.... (its the painting and gasping for air that is bothering me) if it just died I would say maybe its from their hatching late, temp and being helped and all.​
     
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  5. trinity

    trinity Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you tell her to take the pads out and its help let us know.i have never used them at all but would like to know if it is what is causing it.
     
  6. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am assuming they are all drinking fine? Also, I would have her remove the pee pads as well. May not help but won't hurt! Newspaper with paper towels on top for a few days, then wood shavings.
     
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  7. roosty

    roosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes all drinking...she said that they would be acting fine...eating, drinking, playing and then all the sudden start the gasping thing. Its just weird that all three have done the same exact thing.
     
  8. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    what is the temp? they can pant when they are too hot. maybe they are overheated
     
  9. roosty

    roosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think about 95* right under the light but they have plenty of room to get away from the light too. Its not that. That was one of the first things I asked her about. That and the pee pads.
     
  10. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd try using a different thermometer, just to make sure there's no problem with the first one. When something odd is going on, it's always good to just start eliminating possible causes. I'd also take out the puppy pads.

    Has she used anything in the house that can be a problem for chicks? Over heated any non-stick cookware, cleaned the oven, used any scented candles, used any air fresheners, that sort of thing? Artificial fragrances are neuro-toxins and birds are more sensitive to them than humans are. Pet birds have been killed by all of these things.

    I can't think of anything else right now.
     

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