HELP. Baby chicks dying.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MamaColp, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. MamaColp

    MamaColp New Egg

    Jun 12, 2016
    We have 12 layers and 12 meat birds. They are 4 days old. They are seperated in two enclosures. They start leaning their head back and fall over and flail and if you stand them up they fall right over. We then seperated those effected from the rest on a heat pad and they get weak and then have a seizure and die within a minute. We started with the medicated water additive when we got then they didn't seem be drinking it much so we switched to water with Apple cider vinegar. We put oregano and cinnamon on there feed. we then mixed up some feed with milk and yogurt which brought some of them around but we've still be losing them. So far today we've lost 7 of 24.
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC. This sounds like shipping stress, where they may have become cold or overheated, or dehydrated. Rough handling or a long trip can be hard on newly hatched chicks. About all you can do is offer electrolyte and vitamin water, such as SaveAChick, and dip their beaks as often as possible, letting them swallow. Keep them around 90 degrees F with a thermometer on the floor of the brooder, with a cooler spot to go to if they get hot. Hopefully, you can save some of them. This time of year, it can get a little hot to ship chicks.

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