Help..Please...What am I doing wrong.They keep dying..

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Country Living Farm, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Florida
    I keep hatching out my silkie eggs and the babies hatch perfect. BUt after a week to two, they just up and die!!!!! I have no idea why.......I have hatched out about 10 so far and the last one from a hatch of three (broody hen) just dies. No reason.. Fine yesterday and just died in my hands!!!!!!!!

    What is going on.

    Do silkie chicks need special food, something different from the others....

    Ihave never had this problem with the other chicks, ducks, ect.. I have hatched......

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  2. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    What kind of bedding do you have them on?
     
  3. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you grind up their food?
     
  4. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Florida
    They are on Hay just like everyone else. There food s gound very small. I do give them and all my chicks the same feed I give the layers. I am only having the problem with the silkies. It is I think 16 percent. I do not have a bag near me. could it be that?\\
     
  5. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    You should have starter food for them. I thought you hatched them but they were under the broody hen right?
     
  6. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Florida
    The last three that died were hatched under a hen. The first 7 or so I hatched. Also, after they hayched under the hen, I took them and put them in the brooder.
     
  7. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    Quote:taztaz31, I tried to PM you but your box is full. [​IMG]
     
  8. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Florida
    just cleared it up some.
     
  9. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    I put mine on 18% medicated chick starter. I do not think that the layer is very good for them. That could be the problem.
     
  10. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    Alaska
    I would also Bleach the Brooder! there could be any number of reasons they died, from gentics to food.
     

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