help...baby chicks keep dieing

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by llxll00llxll, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. llxll00llxll

    llxll00llxll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i've lost 9 baby chicks already.. and one EE baby chick we bought... the 9 that hatched a couple needed help after we chipped the shell... got the membrane wet with a q-tip.. the chick came jumpin out... but a half hour later..she was dead.. [​IMG] 10 to 30 mins after hatching..all of them died i dont know why..with the exception of one chick that hatched last week...she was eating and drinking and pooin... anybody know what keeps causing this... all of the chicks had busted most of the shell but the membrane was dried.. what can i do?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If they got stuck in the egg and died, try upping the humidity more during hatch and keep an eye on air cell size, if they all hatched out and died on the floor.... now that's a new one for me. Poor parent viability/season?
     
  3. llxll00llxll

    llxll00llxll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    none of em really got stuck...i went and bought some terramycin from the feedstore.... they had good air circulation... one hatched last night...the humidity was 70... 10 mins after it came out..it died.. it doesnt get below 70 in my house at night.. and i watch these eggs almost all day
     
  4. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    it might also be your incubator needs a thorough disinfecting. This should be done after every hatch.
    If you are sure this is not the cause then here are articles with info on troubleshooting hatching failures/mortality:
    http://dlhunicorn.conforums.com/index.cgi?board=identify&action=display&num=1158149341

    ...there are many articles each having there own unique information to help you figure out where things might have gone wrong such as:
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/AA204
    (excerpt)
    "Troubleshooting: Specific Problems
    Sign: Not pipped. Full-term embryo, large yolk sac; yolk sac may not be fully enclosed by abdominal wall, may have residual albumen. Causes:

    Inadequate turning, resulting in decreased embryonic membrane development and nutrient absorption.

    Humidity too high during incubation or after transfer.

    Incubator temperature too low.

    Hatcher temperature too high.

    Eggs chilled (e.g., at transfer).

    Nutritional deficiencies.

    Heredity.

    Embryological development accident.

    Breeder diseases.

    Inadequate ventilation.

    Prolonged egg storage.

    Sign: Pipped. Full-term embryo, dead in shell. Causes:

    Low humidity or temperature for a prolonged period.

    Low humidity during hatching.

    High temperature during hatching.

    Nutritional deficiencies.

    Breeder diseases.

    Poor ventilation.

    Inadequate turning during first 12 days.

    Injury during transfer.

    Prolonged egg storage.

    Sign: Shell partially pipped, embryo alive or dead. Causes:
    See 8.a-i.

    Excessive fumigation during hatching.

    Eggs set small end up.

    Sign: Chicks hatch early; tendency to be thin and noisy. Causes:

    Small eggs.

    Differences among breeds.

    Incubator temperature too high.

    Incubator humidity too low.

    Sign: Chicks hatch late. Causes:
    Large eggs.

    Old breeders.

    Eggs stored too long (40 min. increase in incubation time/day of storage, .5% to 1.2% decrease in number hatched/day of storage).

    Incubator temperature too low.

    Weak embryos.

    Inbreeding.

    Incubator humidity too high.

    Sign: Slow, protracted (drawn-out) hatch. Causes: Mix in the incubator of eggs stored for long and short periods (1.2% loss of hatch/day of storage when all eggs set at the same time; only .5% loss/day when eggs stored for long periods are set earlier to allow a longer incubation period).

    Mix of eggs from young and old breeders.

    Mix of large and small eggs.

    Improper egg handling.

    Hot or cold spots in incubator or hatcher.

    Incubator or hatcher temperature too high or too low.

    Room ventilation system improper; high positive pressure or low negative pressure. Such pressures may alter incubator or hatcher ventilation."
     
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  5. llxll00llxll

    llxll00llxll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i disinfected the incubator after every hatch... and the powder i bought was anti-biotics
     
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  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I like to warn about over use of antibiotics since it's the best way to make resistant bacterial you cannot kill. If you do use it, always be sure to use a full course. Since they are already hatched though and die before they eat and drink, not sure what good it will do for them now. I say try again and do a double job at cleaning it out. Also, I'd check out the parent stock for their health.
     

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