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Disease mystery

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by anjovi6, Jan 10, 2015.

  1. Got 26 baby Australorp Wednesday early AM and all were alive on arrival. Today is the fourth day all of a sudden 6 have died at one time. All are eating and drinking. Food is medicated and water has electrolytes. Brooder temp is fine presently on card board with pine bedding under it. Everything appears to be as it should be. Never had this problem before in 55 years of raising peeps. Anyone have any thoughts?


  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    It's probably shipping stress, especially if they came in the mail. There have been subzero temperatures, especially with windchill this week. Where did they ship from? I usually tell people to dip the beaks in electrolyte water as often as possible, but I'm sure you know that. Here is an interesting take on shipping stress by various veterinarians:

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