Help please..something's very wrong w/ my week old broilers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by yotetrapper, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some broilers in the house, under a heat lamp, not quite a week old. I was just sittin here typing, and heard this strange wheezing/humming sort of noise coming from them. I looked into the box and three of them were making this noise and their heads kept twitching/jerking.... not like a seizure, some of them were walking, but the heads kept twitching and they were making that noise. What is up, and what should I do??

    Angela
     
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Quote:Keep them away from your other birds.

    Check your heat. Is it too hot?

    Check your feed. It may be toxic.
     
  3. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

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    Sounds too hot.... put some cold water in there. Do you have broiler booster or a vitamin to add?
     
  4. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No I dont have any booster or vitamins. I just threw a thermometer in there to check, and I'll change their water now. I dont know the symptoms of any of the chicken diseases. They're in the house, all my other birds are outside. I'll take care to wash up good before going out to the pen. I dont like that wheezy whistling noise at all.
     
  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Look close at their noses and eyes. If they have runny noses
    or puffy/infected eyes it's a sign of disease.
     
  6. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I raised the light and gave them new water. It was 96 in there, now it's 88. They seem more active now, running aorund and chirping and eating. None of them are twitching their heads right now. Maybe they were just too hot.

    I checked for runny noses or puffy eyes, none. Eyes are good and clear, noses dry. I guess I'll just keep an eye on them. My main concern is my other chickens, as I have nearly a hundred of them.
     

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