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Help! Babies dying everyday & not sure why

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Egg-O-Matic, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. Egg-O-Matic

    Egg-O-Matic Just Hatched

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    I purchased 29 chicks from Murray McMurray hatchery. 15 silver dorkings, and 14 other breeds. I picked them up the moment they arrived at the post office and 4 dorkings were dead upon arrival. I've had them in a large jacuzzi tub in the bathroom- heat, food (with some chick grit), & water. Everyone has been fine for a week. Until 3 days ago when I found a dorking dead. Then another one a day later and today is the 3rd day in a row that I have a dead chick- this time a dark cornish. Anything I should look for? I've been watching these guys intensely and they all seem fine- running around, spread out evenly under the heat lamp. I did notice the ones that had died had an enlarged area below their throat- croup maybe? I tried to take a pic of it below:

    I'm thinking my next step should be to move them an enclosed room in the barn for some different air? I appreciate any input!
     

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  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Professional in training Premium Member

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    Are you heating only one side of the "brooder"?
    Grit is only needed if they are eating other things beside chick feed.

    How is their poop?
     
  3. Egg-O-Matic

    Egg-O-Matic Just Hatched

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    Yes, only heating one side of the brooder. I had planned on putting some sod in there for them, but held off due to them dying. I didn't want to add any more variables.
     
  4. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Professional in training Premium Member

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    Have you read about this :
    Cocci Facts

    You may want to invest in some Corid.
     
  5. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Professional in training Premium Member

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    I see you have already been researching cocci.
    Just because your chicks got the "shot" and some eat the medicated feed doesn't mean they can't or won't get it.
    I would bet money you are dealing with Cocci.
    Get some Corid asap.
     
  6. Egg-O-Matic

    Egg-O-Matic Just Hatched

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    Thank you!!! I have Corid, I will add it to the water right away. What dosage for week old chicks?
     
  7. BYCforlife

    BYCforlife Chillin' With My Peeps

    I hear that if you feed vaccinated chicks kedicated feed they don't do too well with that. I have mever tested, but it might be possible.
     
  8. Kathy Forsythe

    Kathy Forsythe New Egg

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    Dip beak in water, and feed game starter mash or crumble. Hope you have marbles for water. and do not over heat. Star
     
  9. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Professional in training Premium Member

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    Do you have the powder Corid or the liquid.
    what percentage too?
     
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  10. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Professional in training Premium Member

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    #1 <<<<corid dosing is here
     

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