Dying, then dead chick . . .

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Skyrider, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. Skyrider

    Skyrider In the Brooder

    I have been raising eleven chicks with their mother in my bathroom, and keeping the floor as clean as I can. I have been feeding what you call "cream of wheat." We call it rava. I have also fed cracked wheat, rice and grit. They love it. They were hatched nine days ago. Because the bathroom is right off my bedroom, I woke this morning to a frantic chirping of one chick. I dashed in to see what might be the problem being certain it was not a rat because they would all have been in an uproar.

    There, lying on the floor was one of the chicks that I would never have suspected anything to be wrong with. There are no peck marks, no blood or other signs other than what appears to be a broken neck. Tried giving it water but it would shake that off, which made me wonder how the neck could be broken. Then tiny bubbles came out of the beak and finally died.

    Whu happened!?

    My only guess is that mom accidently stepped on him. The place is plenty big enough, so it would have to have been an accident especially since it was right in the middle of the entire bathroom. Closer examination found an unknown bug, not a tick, but only in the fur. No open wounds anywhere.

    These are our first ever chicks and you older folks probably know the feelings that goes with these even though they are to be meat and eggs for our survival. I hated to lose even one, but know there must be a lesson here to learn.

    Any ideas?


    Sky~ [​IMG]
  2. jessupfamily

    jessupfamily Songster

    May 14, 2007
    SW Indiana
    Can you post a picture of the bug? I would keep it and do a little research. That would be my first thought.
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    aww!!..so sorry to hear about your chick...i hope all the others will be okay!..[​IMG]...best wishes..Wendy
  4. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    If bubbles came from it's beak it breathed in some water. That could be what finally killed it. What made it ill in the first place I don't know. Are you feeding them any poultry feed? They should have a nutritionally balanced poultry feed. Just grains isn't going to be enough nutrition and will result in weak chicks that fall ill easily and don't grow as fast.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2008
  5. He may not have poultry feed as he is in the Jungle outside of Bombay India or that is what the side bar states....Sorry about your chick. Do you have box you could place them in?
  6. tattooedchickenlady

    tattooedchickenlady Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    Dinky Springs, la
    So sorry Sky, I have nothing to add that will help, but I am truly sorry. I hope it was an isolated incident.
    I thought about you today when I was at the grocery store, I was by the rat traps.......

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