Help! Shipped chicks arrived - 3 dead 4th puking slime! (warning graphic pic)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by familypendragon, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. familypendragon

    familypendragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had removed the dead ones and pulled out the slime puking one. 2 were dead and stomped flat, 3rd was spasming, arching, puked slime and died. I called Meyer where I ordered them and they said the 4th one wouldn't be contagious with anything, just stressed from shipping. They told me to put it back in with the others and make sure it got water, grogel again etc. i did, but what do you think?? I banded its leg so I can keep an eye on it. He is eating and drinking now. :confused:

    I took a pic of the dead ones too as I have no idea which breeds are which right now. I need to know so I can know what needs replacing :(

    The chicks that died

    The other chicks

    This is what I ordered in case anyone can help me figure who I lost :(

    Buff Brahma Standard Female 2
    Buff Brahma Standard Male 1

    (Forgot these got cancelled)

    Silver Laced Wyandotte Females 1
    Silver Laced Wyandotte Males 1

    Delaware Male 1
    Delaware Female 2

    Golden Laced Wyandotte Male 1

    Black Australorp Male 1

    Sicilian Buttercup Male 1
    Sicilian Buttercup Female 2

    Salmon Faverolle Male 1
    Salmon Faverolle Female 2

    Black Copper Marans Male 1
    Black Copper Marans Female 1
    Blue Copper Marans Female 1

    Partridge Penedesenca Male 1
    Partridge Penedesenca Female 2

    Egyptian Fayoumis Male 1
    Egyptian Fayoumis Female 2

    Meyer Meal Maker 1

    They are running around so crazy its hard to figure out who is who.

    Thanks for any advice or help!
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2013
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Sorry about your chicks, hope the rest of them make it, if they are all eating and drinking that is certainly a good sign. Keeping fingers crossed for the rest of them.
    Don't know about the chicks you lost, kind of think the one is a buttercup, the dark one could be a silver laced wyandotte, and the light one a delaware. Once the chicks have settled down you maybe able to match the numbers you have with what you ordered to better figure it out.
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  3. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2013
    I'm no good with breeds, just wanted to say sorry for your loss :( I hope the rest of them thrive!
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  4. familypendragon

    familypendragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yeah, I accounted for all three brahmas, so the yellow one must be a Delaware. Still trying to figure out the other two.

    ETA: The ones I thought were Brahmas were Salmon Faverolles - I forgot the Brahmas got cancelled - and these have 5 toes.
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  5. familypendragon

    familypendragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think what I've lost is a Buttercup, Delaware and Silver Laced Wyandotte. I took a few more pics if anyone can help me confirm, I am sorry - I know its gruesome :(

  6. familypendragon

    familypendragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    For comparison, here are the healthy specimens of those breeds that I think I have.

    I think the 2 with the bandit masks are the other 2 buttercups


    I think these are the other 2 Delawares


    And I think the two outer ones in the front are the other silver laced wyandottes

  7. scooter16

    scooter16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2013
    Pittsboro, NC
    I am no identifier expert. Sorry for the loss. The first 2 pictures look like they were posted dead already or really got trampled early on ??? Interesting. Do BYC people typically buy from each other...eggs and chicks or order from hatcheries? Just wondering for when I start my flock. Sorry again, the surviving chicks are sweet. I really like the look of the buttercups.
  8. lizanne

    lizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2012
    Citrus Heights, Ca
    I think you're right. I'm sorry. [​IMG]. Dead chicks suck. Could the black (dead) chick on the bottom be a Maran? I think the three chicks on the bottom pic are your 2 SLW and 1 GLW. Did they send any extra chicks, that could be making it even more confusing.
  9. familypendragon

    familypendragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    No fuzzy legs on the dead one - so I don't think it would be a marans. I think when they did the replacement chicks for my Brahmas being unavailable, they added an extra SLW - that is why I think that is it. But I am pretty sure the middle one with the light belly is the Australorp after scanning pics online :/ I think they did send extra chicks too - I have a couple I don't have a clue what they are and they are unlike any others. I ordered 24 I believe after the substitutions and I have 24 left - but 3 dead chicks. And all three appear to be ones I ordered, and I have an extra marans of some kind - fuzzy legs anyway and one that looks like maybe a BO and anther mystery yellowish chick. Mystery chicks The ones I wonder might be Buff Orpingtons [​IMG] [​IMG] These are the Blue and Black copper marans - plus the one mystery fuzzy legs [​IMG] [​IMG]
  10. familypendragon

    familypendragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    They got held up by the PO and they should have arrived at my PO at 7am this morning. Instead I drove to a sorting hub to get them after having them tracked down. They would not have come till tomorrow otherwise - and at last check at the thermometer outside it was 110 degrees here. They would all have been dead I think. These are from Meyer, and the rest of my flock is from various individuals plus I have some in the incubator. I think we all buy from all different sources depending what we want, where we are located, what the purpose is, and what we can afford. I have seen hatcheries put down a lot, but then I have also seen people get burned by the most reputable breeders and then go back to hatchery birds. So there is no one "right way". The most fun is for sure hatching your own - but then you have to get eggs from someone :D

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