Help! Too many mortality

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jeff1da, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. Jeff1da

    Jeff1da New Egg

    Oct 27, 2015
    Nigeria, Africa
    Hi, I'm new to raising of chicks but since I'm studying Animal Breeding and Genetics in the University, I feel I should try putting some things I've learnt to practice. So far I'd say I've failed woefully. Here is my story. I received my DOCs (broilers) on 15th of October 2015. I ordered for 50, one died even before I got home or from the hatchery (who knows). I made a sugar solution and dipped their beak in the water and they all drank. I put them in their brooder with moderate temperature. I know the temperature is moderate cuz they were moving around healthily, some eating, some drinking, some resting. The next day, I put anti-biotics in their drinking water for 3 consecutive days. Everything went on fine until Day 4 I woke up to see one of the chicks dead. I removed the dead chick and threw it away and cleaned their brooder. Another chick died on day 5, 4 died on day 6, 2 on Day 7. I got really angry and suspected it could be coccidiosis cuz some of the chicks were listless, no appetite and saw blood in their poop. I started using Amprolium + drinking water on Day 7. 2 more died on day 8. I decided to clean and disinfect the entire brooder on Day 9, but 2 died on day 9 but I think its not as a result of a disease, I think they trampled on them. I used amprolium from day 7-10. One died on day 10 which is 25/10/2015, another on day 11 and another one today (day 12) 27/10/2015. So I decided to introduce Gumboro Vaccine today. Although deaths between day 10-12 were more like trampling and not disease related (I think). The mortality is just too much, I feel like I'm the most terrible farmer ever. What did I do wrong? Could Rats be killing them? Help me please. Thanks.
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    Maybe they are too crowded. Or maybe you are overdoing things with the medications.. Most people don't start to medicate their chicks as much as you did. some don't at all.. You will always have some losses, but yours are quite big in numbers.
  3. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


    I believe I answered your other post.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I've already answered your duplicate posts, this is no. 3
  5. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Hello again. Do you have additional questions or concerns? I can point you to another forum if needed.
  6. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]

    I put 2 and 3 day old chicks in with 6 week old chicks and do not have the trampling problem you are having so you might need a bigger brooder ,,,,so do you have any photos of your brooder ........

    This is my brooder ..

    This is a low population

    I even mix up the baby's I put in there ...

    For meds I feed them boiled egg's ..........

    I think you need to slow down on the meds ......

    What is the outside temp where you are ?????

    My normal temp in the brooder is 80 to 85 and the chicks jump out when it is time to go to the grow out cage ..........

    Good luck with you flock and please keep us updated and maybe we can help .....

    Where are you getting your chicks from and how is there flock doing ........

    gander007 [​IMG]
  7. Jeff1da

    Jeff1da New Egg

    Oct 27, 2015
    Nigeria, Africa
    Those are some picture from my brooder. @NorthFLChick I am okay with the help I'm getting here, thanks.
  8. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. I hope you figure things out. :hugs Good luck.
  9. Jeff1da

    Jeff1da New Egg

    Oct 27, 2015
    Nigeria, Africa
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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