Chicks Wasting away 1 dead

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tiki244, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    [​IMG] I dont know/what to do/

    can you feed chicks too much grit?

    age=10 wks.

    they eat chick feed purina medicated crumbles

    very thin and eating all the time

    they have been outside twice

    5 days ago I noticed 1 had blood in poop so I medicated the bunch for cocci with sulfadimethoxine in water

    could I have overdosed them?

    I cannot figure it out

    they couldnt have worms could they?

    I have never had a problem with cocci before now twice in three months
     
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  2. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Missouri
    have you wormed them??? I know when dogs have bad worms they eat all the time yet don't gain any weight. Happens cause they worms eat all the food/nutrition before the animal can digest it. Don't know what else to suggest, since I don't know about what you gave them. Bloody stool could also be a sign of worms (?) Good luck!!!
     
  3. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Missouri
    So do you know for a fact that they had cocci???
     
  4. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    could they have bad worms at such an early age?
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I never use medicated feed.

    If you are giving them medicated feed they don't need the medications in the water. They are being double treated. The meds in the feed is for cocci prevention. If you are giving them the same treatment in the water they are getting a double whammy that has done more harm than good.

    How long have you been adding it to the water?

    What brand name feed have they been eating?

    When did you notice the weight loss?

    Have the poops been different before the bloody show?

    Why are you feeding them extra grit? If they are eating commercial feed they don't need it. Are they eating alot of other things?

    If they have only been outside twice I would hope to rule out worms. Exposure to the ground they could have picked up worms but for all of them to be sick I don't know if worming is the answer.
     
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  6. John T

    John T Out Of The Brooder

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    How long do you keep your chicks on chick feed? I started mine on regular crumbles around the 2week mark. That may be early but they are doing great. I put them outside when almost every day.

    Would there be worms in the poop if they had worms?
     
  7. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Purina chick starter

    sulfa-5 days in the water and I quite this morning

    the weight loss I didnt notice till this morning when I realised something was wrong (dead bird)

    a mentor(?) long time chicken person told me to feed the chicks grit but I never did before (last year and the year before)

    The poops have been good hard and regular looking-except when the got real bloody very fast

    I do believe I have done more harm than anything and

    I have fed them scrambled eggs a few times and if they ate anything outside I am not sure

    I also had DE in their bedding,,,is that bad????
     
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  8. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    I was told to keep on chick starter for 4 months

    I know I must have poisoned them somehow

    2 are healthy

    It started that 2 were sickish(fluffed feathers and coldish) and those 2 seem to be hanging in there but not completely better,,,,,,,,then there are 2 very sick(1 dead and 1 sick),,,,,,,,,,and 2 healthy,,,,,,the 2 that were/are sickish have been that way for 2 weeks,,,,and the others were fine
     
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  9. SeaChick

    SeaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
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    Are you certain the DE was Food Grade? If it was garden- or pool-grade, that might have harmed them...?????

    Sorry, that is all I can think of. So sorry for you, how hard this must be!
     
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Medicated feed is for cocci prevention. To give them something else for cocci prevention on top of that has to be what is causing your troubles. It is stressed if you have vaccinated chicks do not use medicated feed. If you use medicated feed don't treat them with another form of meds to treat for cocci.

    I am sorry this has happened but I do not know what treatment to use for the double dose cocci medications your little chicks have ingested.

    also what form of DE did you use? Brand name and grade?
     

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