First time chicken owner

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Neil beier, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. Neil beier

    Neil beier New Egg

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    Hello all. My wife and I purchased some silkie bantams the other day! We have lost three in about two days! We had them vaccinated before they came, and have there pen set up to their needs! Some seem to be thriving, and some seems to be the same size. Any helpful tips on how to keep the rest of our lil guys alive? Also, I just had to clean hard, dried poo off of one of them. Any tips would help!
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Neil beier, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! A great place for general chicken knowledge is the Learning Center link below. Good luck to you!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] That may be what is killing them. Do they have poo blocking their vents? It can prohibit elimination and cause death. Young chicks are particuliarly suspectible. Put"Pasty buff" in the search box and it should bring up a wealthy of information." Some people claim putting a bit of apple cider vinegar in the water will treat/prevent it. Check often to see that everyone is able to poo, clean off behinds when necessary. Sometimes trimming feathers away from the vent opening and using a bit of Vaseline there can help passage .
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I just re-read your post and notice you have silkies. They have an abundance of feathering so are more likely to get "stopped up," There are several dedicated silkie threads, if you put

    Silkie Thread" in the search box, they should come up. They can give you information more tailored to the breed and can be a good source of more chicks, if you want to replace the others.
     
  5. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! Good luck with your chicks.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
     
  7. Neil beier

    Neil beier New Egg

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  8. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry for your loss! I hope the rest of them make it and thrive for you. Best of luck and welcome to the site!
     

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