HELP ME Quick - my new babies are dying

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mlmadura, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. mlmadura

    mlmadura Songster

    May 1, 2008
    [​IMG]ok so i lost my runt yesterday at 11 days old -

    today another of my light brown leghorn girls is acting strange.
    (I did separate the sick one as soon as i realized it was sick).
    This one is one of my bigger girls - she lays around and seems weak her neck will go to the side - she will drink if i coax her - i have given her vitamins and am now trying oatmeal yogurt and crumbles with a dropper- she is not having labored breathing like the other one did and she will walk and chirp a little if i shoo her
    Dh is worried that they are getting too hot during the day ( i ahev the brooder temp at about 85-90 but during the day when we are not home it is probably 100 degrees in the bathroom where they are they have adequate water and a big enough brooder so that they can get away from the heat lamp.
    He is also worried it may be viral.
    i dont have a clue!

    Somebody please help me quick!!!
  2. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing

    Mar 10, 2007
    I'm sorry I don't know how to help you. I'm hoping someone will come on that can. Good Luck!
  3. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    At 11 days old 100 degrees is a lttle to warm. Try keeping the temp around 90 with as much cool water as you can give them. When you are working I know this is hard, try rigging a water flow system. You say they are in the bathroom which is good for what I want. Have DH put the brooder in or on the tub. Rig a small hose to the cold water, run it to the waterer. Set the waterer in a corner slightly lower than the other end of the brooder. Drill a small hole in the bottom of the brooder so any water can run out. Let the water run
    all the time. This you give the chicks cool water all the time and help keep the temp down.
  4. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    proper and sufficient ventilation is so very important... make sure you have a window open in that bathroom and if you have a ventilator turn it on.
  5. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    the one with weak neck..
    is this a chick?
    or an older hen?

    if a chick in the brooder..
    make sure there is no spilled feed getting wet and sitting in the heat..and going bad..
    or dirty water under the heat.

    "limber neck" can be a symptom of Botulism.
    so, if this is an older hen...check her area for any bad food, kitchen scraps that have gone bad, compost pile, etc..
  6. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    How are your babies doing??
  7. mlmadura

    mlmadura Songster

    May 1, 2008
    we made it through the night - i really think she was dehydrated from the heat. i am still having to coax her to eat. so we are not out of the woods yet.
    i have changed the bathroom situation and i am at home today so i can watch the babies.
    im hoping thats all it was.

    you know the crazy thing is i was gonna put my brooder on my back screeened porch but dh said that he thought it would get too hot out there = crazy thing being a new first time chicken mama!!!

    Thanks for everyones support![​IMG]
  8. antiquebuff

    antiquebuff Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Franklin, NC
    Ventilation, I have found is one of the most important factors in sick chicks if they are in a small area. If you can take them out a little and let them run around outside and cut one side of the brooder box and replace it with screen so air can get into it , this will help so much. I had a friend that had chicks acting like yours and when she moved them to another location they improved right away. Also, I agree they are too warm for the age. Try these things and the others mentioned , esp water at all times, in the posts and see if this helps. Good Luck! [​IMG]

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