Help my chicks are dead in seconds

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by erixsparhawk, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. erixsparhawk

    erixsparhawk Out Of The Brooder

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    All 2 week + 3 days old. They are Easter Eggers and white sultans. All where well and lively at 9 AM at noon 2 of the Easter Eggers were dead near the feeder. The brooder is full of pine chips and there are some that got in the feeder.
    Some background:
    Started with 18 birds. After the first week I turned down the temp of the heat lamp controller a little too much and the next morning there was a squished flat and dead sultan under the center of the sleeping pile. Turned lamp up 1/2 the difference. A few days later...
    Fed the birds 1 square inch of well boiled potato and 1 boiled baby carrot on St. Patrick's day. 1 bird was paralyzed for the day and all birds became super sleepy. Next morning another sultan was dead and flattened under the sleeping area all other birds seemed recovered. A day or two later
    Found 2 dead Eggers near the feeder and 1 sultan dead near the sleeping spot but not at the sleeping spot. Another day all are fine in the morning find a dead one near noon at the feeder. Autopsy reveals very full stomach with a piece large piece of grain in it but unobstructed airways. I've been grinding the feed but not sifting it and see that there are handfuls of feed to large. Remove feed from the brooder for 16 hours.

    Side note: After removing the food replaced brooder with new bigger one clean newspaper below new pine shavings. Grab first chick and spend 7 seconds inspecting for health and place in the new brooder. All the other chicks going crazy and running to the sleeping / safe spot. Go to grab the next chick for transfer and find them all standing on an Egger lying on its back. Egger is breathing but unresponsive. Transfer all chicks to new brooder including the injured one next morning all chicks appear to be healthy and happy.

    Put food back in brooder all sifted so ensure no large pieces at 9AM, at noon today 2 dead Eggers near the feeder.

    They are checked for pasty butt 2x per day. All but 2 of them were clear of it after the first few days the remaining ones were clear of it a few days later. Water is elevated but accessible (they drink) and kept clean and filled. Food and Drink are kept away from the heat source / sleeping comfort area. Altitude is 7500 ft ambient air temp 70 degrees.

    Feed is self made have been using it for 3+ years but only with adults, others have been using it too with no complaints, never been used for chicks before. 12%fat, 66%carbs, 21% protein. Contains:
    Canary Seed, Austrian Field Peas, Lentils, Flax, Barley, Buckwheat, Millet, Milo, Mung Bean, Carrots, Hemp, Coconut Flakes, Raisins, Spinach Flakes, Parsley Flakes, Red Chile Peppers.

    After the first week they got some mealworms and kelp blended in. They have been offered hard boiled egg and lettuce pureed separately but ignored it.


    Help!

    Thanks,
    Eric
     
  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to recommend you get a bag of chick starter. You may have a mycotoxin problem in your homemade feed that chicks are naturally much more sensitive to than adults.
     
  3. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    What kind of bulb are you using in your heat lamp? If it is Teflon coated, that could be your problem.
     
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  4. erixsparhawk

    erixsparhawk Out Of The Brooder

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    Philips Red R40 250W medium base heat light. It says "ideal for heating bathrooms and animal habitats"
    I can't find any mention of teflon.
     
  5. erixsparhawk

    erixsparhawk Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry for the double post of this thread!
     
  6. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get some chick starter. That's the best way to go with chicks instead of trying to feed them something of your own making
     
  7. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    I agree. please get some chick feed. This is a guess but being that their system is so very immature right now I would think red chili peppers would be very harsh on them no matter how fine it's ground. they also can't process the grains without grit. if they are very young their systems might not be able to handle such feed.
     
  8. erixsparhawk

    erixsparhawk Out Of The Brooder

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    Took away the feed yesterday and gave them some pureed veggies to hold them over until gave them starter feed this morning. Haven't lost any more... yet.
     
  9. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Excellent. Let's hope you've lost your last one. Please continue to update though.
     

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