Five chicks have died! Unknown cause!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by debbie50chicks, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. debbie50chicks

    debbie50chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Right after Easter, I bought 4 2 day old baby chicks from my feed store. All were doing very well. (2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 EE, and 1 unknown). 3 days later I bought a 3 day old Crested Cream Legbar. Then I read that a local breeder had Blue Copper Marans, so I put hazed 4 of them for $15.00 a piece. Same day I went to the first breeder and bought 3 Blue Laced Red Wyadottes. When I got home I noticed that one of the blue marans were very weak and could hardly walk with a second one out of the four not as active as the other two. I really wish I had isolated the breeder chicks before adding them to my brooder.
    The next day. ..the weakest blue maran died. Next day, second blue copper maran died. I called the breeder and he offered to replace the two that died. Then I started hearing one of my BO coughing and acting lethargic. Went to the feed store and they recommended Vet Rx.
    I thoroughly cleaned out the brooder with a vinegar solution and all their feed dishes. Yesterday one of my Wyandotte died....and this morning a third Blue Copper Maran died. I don't know what is going on. I've NEVER lost chicks before, however, all previous chicks were from feed stores or I hatched myself.
    I don't want to loose any more chicks. Anyone have any recommendations? HELP!
     
  2. SuperChickRuth

    SuperChickRuth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have Save-A-Chick electrolytes in their water? You could also give the weak ones Nutri-Drench- that has really helped our sick chick.

    Where/Are there any other symptoms besides being lethargic?

    ~Super Chick Ruth
     
  3. debbie50chicks

    debbie50chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No...I haven't tried anything else beside Vet Rx...but I'll go get some of the ones you messaged tomorrow. I only have 7 left out of 12 and there are still more going down hill. Symptoms lethargic...get to point of not wanting to eat or drink and weight loss.
     
  4. debbie50chicks

    debbie50chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just now put some child's pedialyte. Hopefully they get better.
     
  5. debbie50chicks

    debbie50chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I lost two more chicks today. Don't think I'll ever do chicks again. This is too heartbreaking!
     
  6. Mr Beaks

    Mr Beaks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have your chicks been on medicated or unmedicated feed?
     
  7. debbie50chicks

    debbie50chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Medicated. It's what I always start chicks on. Never had this trouble before. Really don't know what happened.
     

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