HELP 8 day old chicks dying

jesfields

Chirping
5 Years
May 3, 2015
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We are raising both cornish rock giants and brown leghorns. They were all doing perfect until yesterday when the cornish rock giants suddenly started dying. They almost look too heavy to stand and gasp for air while lying down. One of them almost seemed paralyzed and layed down stiff. We have had two die right as we walk in to check on them.. almost like they are having a heart attack?? We have raised many chicks before and never had any deaths but this is the first time raising thr cornish rock giant. Any thing i could give to them to help perk them up? Is this maybe a disease or something happened during shipping? They are eating a non medicated chick starter and i just started adding Germe Zone to their water.
 

jesfields

Chirping
5 Years
May 3, 2015
36
18
84
At only 8 days old? We have lost 6 of 25 already and it doesnt seem like its slowing down. Anything i can do to help the remaining ones or is this just the weak ones dying off?
 

keesmom

Free Ranging
12 Years
Jul 28, 2008
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Are these 8 days old or 8 weeks? Heart and leg issues are common with Cornish X. If they are 8 weeks old then they are ready for butchering, and you should do it soon before you lose all of them.
 

ccarver80

Chirping
5 Years
Jul 28, 2014
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Squaw gap ND
I've read with the Cornish breed they grow so fast and there hearts can't keep up .... sad deal ...
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jesfields

Chirping
5 Years
May 3, 2015
36
18
84
Well thanks so much everyone for your time and help! ill check over on the cornish and meat bird threads
 

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