Help I Don't Know Whats Happening !!!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by IwannaBEaMERMAID, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. winnieandchicken

    winnieandchicken Hatching

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    I don't know if this would help. I purchased 6 chicks from a local chicken farm some times ago, 2 silkies, 2EE, 1 Barred rock, and 1 polish. 2 Silkies were fine the first couple weeks, but then, at 3 weeks old, they suddenly became droggy and died 1 or 2 days later, then the polish had similar sympton and also died a couple days later. I went back to the farm and ask for replacement. They told me that silkies and polish are fancy breeds, unlike other comercial/common breeds (RIR, ISA brown, Barred rock, EE..etc), their immnue systems are not as good. I need to switch to medicated food to prevent them from illness until they are 8-10 weeks old. So, I did, my silkies are 9 weeks old now and still fine. I don't know if your other chicks are consider as fansy/uncommon breeds, I though it may be a good idea to feed them medicated food for some time.
     
  2. IwannaBEaMERMAID

    IwannaBEaMERMAID Songster

    Oct 28, 2009
    Beverly Hills, CA
    I also mushed up a Immune suppliment ( Get Well Soon, from Arbone, It doesnt have iron) and put it in some water and made them drink it


    I think it really helped
     
  3. ericstac

    ericstac In the Brooder

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    winnieandchicken, that is some good info, thanks. i believe all of ours are uncommon breeds so we will give this a shot to try and save the last 6. number 7 died overnight. we were told since we vaccinated we should use the non-medicated food, but we will try the medicated food to see if that helps.
     
  4. IwannaBEaMERMAID

    IwannaBEaMERMAID Songster

    Oct 28, 2009
    Beverly Hills, CA
    OMG !!! IT'S BACK !! from yesterday, my female RIR packing peanut went from flapping her wings and running around the brooder to lathargic and not eating overnight !! she had no food in her crop and I wasn't sure if she was drinking, so i dipped her beak in the water, but she wont drink. I got a separate food dish for her and she started eating..but not very much... she eats with her eyes like 1/3 open, and dosen't pick up very much food when she eats
     
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Let's do a little checklist: Do you have chick crumbles and fresh water available? Are they on wood shavings? Environment clean? Heat Lamp on with a temp around 85?

    Sometimes during shipping they get a little weak. You could put some vitamins/electrolites in their drinking water......

    Check their little tushies--do they have a poopy butt? That's called pasty but and that will clog up a new chick and kill them, so you've gotta clear that poo off of their bottoms....

    Those are just a few things to check for to start with.....
     
  6. IwannaBEaMERMAID

    IwannaBEaMERMAID Songster

    Oct 28, 2009
    Beverly Hills, CA
    Quote:Yes, I have chicken starter and fresh water

    They are a week and two days old so I dont think shipping is the problem

    I cleaned the pasty butts this morning, but the sick on didn't have pasty butt
     
  7. ekemily

    ekemily Songster

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    what kind of substrate do you have them on?
     
  8. IwannaBEaMERMAID

    IwannaBEaMERMAID Songster

    Oct 28, 2009
    Beverly Hills, CA
    its like a paper fluff thing thats used for mouse and rat bedding
     
  9. AndreaS

    AndreaS Songster

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    You know.....that stuff could be treated with something they are sensitive to. I don't know for sure, but I've not heard of anyone using anything like that before. I know I'm coming onto this thread a little late, but have you tried just plain old pine shavings? That's what most of us use.
     
  10. ekemily

    ekemily Songster

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    I would go through a mental check-list of everything you have changed. Like, they have fresh water, so it's prolly not that. You bought new feed in case the old was moldy or something. You have checked their temp to make sure it is appropriate. Try and find the common denominator. Maybe it's the bedding. Maybe they are eating it and getting an impacted colon or something. Maybe IDEAL just gave you a sick group of birds. I dunno. Just trying to help!
     

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