chicks still dying :(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rocking chicks, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. rocking chicks

    rocking chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Got 78 chicks 2/6/13 over 50% dead getting replacements from hatchery on shipped dead ones. But the surviving chicks are still dying 2 a day. By now they should be okay. All look fine running around then in morning 2 more gone. Now down to 25. New brooder, 2 heat lamps, (right amount of heat that they are not under lamps nor around sides of brooder), straw bedding, 2 waterers,(cleaned before use with bleach & rinsed), 2 feeders,(made from new buckets) feeding them organic soy free chick food - gave them chick saver in one water and apple cider vinegar in other. They are eating & drinking. Don't know what to do. I have had thousands of chickens in the past & never came across this!
    Any and all help will be appreciated greatly!!!
     
  2. DraigAthar

    DraigAthar Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. rocking chicks

    rocking chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    There in lies the problem. They zoom around or peck at box walls looking normal & healthy, eating, drinking, looking fine then 2 or more die. I'm baffled. I suppose the stress of shipping and having so many die in transit should be over now that they are warm & fed. I can't figure it out so I am going to get some medicated chick starter today in hopes that it will help. I rather have live chicks then organic fed dead chicks.
     
  4. rocking chicks

    rocking chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Went in brooder cleaned out straw and put wood chips, started medicated feed, cleaned waterer and put ACV in water. Moved to different spot in brooder - found 7 with pasty butt & cleaned them up and lost 2 more. For 3 days now everyone is fine. Replacements coming this week. I'm total wreck worrying about a repeat of the first batch's shipping experience. Will update when they arrive.
     
  5. brojrm

    brojrm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hope it all works out for you. We had a similar experience a couple week ago lost 30% . I have been refunded from the hatchery. I have decided to start hatching my own as I think food and water given sooner than 3 days may help out alot. I start my new chicks on chick starter and mealworms for extra protein seems to be working well.
     

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