Dead chick.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JacobH, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. JacobH

    JacobH In the Brooder

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    Hey all. Just had a couple questions. We lost our first chick today, a 5 day old CX. I wondered if anyone would know why? When I first saw him, he was laying flat directly under the heat lamp. I thought it odd because all the rest kinda scatter around, with none laying directly under it. The temp was about 94 where he was. I made a loud noise and everyone but him ran away, so I grabbed him up. I noticed he was extremely hot.He took plenty of drinks of sugar water, but didn't want to open his eyes much. We kept giving him water and a little food. After a while he started chirping and perking up, but then went back to sleep. He then started to vomit a little bit and struggle to breathe. He got over that, pooped a completely clear poop, then died.

    Any ideas? Sorry if that's depressing. We kind of expected to lose one, but it's still sad to see them go.
     
  2. N F C

    N F C booooo!

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    Sorry to hear of your loss. Are your other chicks ok?
     
  3. dawg53

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    Possibly failure to thrive. Sorry for your loss.
     
  4. JacobH

    JacobH In the Brooder

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    Have one other starting to do the same thing. Both are smaller that the rest, so I wondered. I also noticed that some of my chicks are eating pine shavings? The one who isn't looking good now had a swollen crop? I rubbed it and made sure he was drinking water, that seemed to help. I wonder if the shavings could be blocking them up?
     
  5. dawg53

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    I never use pine shavings for that very reason when raising chicks.
     

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