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Help sick chicks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenhouse08, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. chickenhouse08

    chickenhouse08 Hatching

    Aug 10, 2008
    I have lost 3 now and need to know what to do for them
    one kepted its eyes closed all day next morning ...dead
    one was acting sickly the night before and the next morning 2 dead
    should i give them something and what
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    You would have to supply us with symptoms etc in order for us to ou can start by putting elecoytes in their water, and are they on medicated feed??
  3. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    We do need to know what other symptoms the chicks are having before they can be diagnosed. Do any of them have pasty butt, or are their vents pasted so they can't poo? Please supply some more information so we can help out more accurately. [​IMG]
  4. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Make sure that any birds displayed abnormal or unwell behavior are isolated from the rest of the flock.
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    We probably need more info.

    Such as type of food, bedding, temperature, types, and age, with all the symptoms.

    Under a week or so and they can just have failure to thrive.

    Unless you have a raging infection going on, do not give antibiotics. Else in the future, you may not be able to use them at all because they won't work.
  6. chickenhouse08

    chickenhouse08 Hatching

    Aug 10, 2008
    bedding is straw
    feed is strarter grower
    vented well
    no noticed poo problems
    and other than the one's eyes closed
    and one being sprawled out no other symptoms
    chicks were bought off of a seller at stock market
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2008
  7. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    how old are they?

    straw is not a good bedding for chicks.
    better to use pine shavings covered with ribbed paper towels..
    or the rubbery non-slip shelf lining..

    check the crops for any lumps or grainy feeling.

    are they in some sort of brooder?
    what temp are they kept at?
    are they eating and drinking?
    are they on vitamins?

    are the eyes open or stuck shut? is there any drainage, or swelling? and sneezing? any wheezing?

    describe in detail the droppings..color and consistency.

    make sure the vents are clean and clear.

    do you have any meds on hand?
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2008
  8. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Are they warm enough? If they get chilled they can die easily. Are they cramped, it doesn't take much too squish one. How old are they? Are they eating and drinking regularly? If they were just recently acquired they could have gotten chilled in transport, and a chilled chick is usually a dead one. ANy other info you could share?

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