Help! Two have died, third is on it's way out the door!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by WooingWyandotte, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Overrun With Chickens

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    Our order from McMurray arrived this morning. All arrived healthy enough (there was a dead splash silkie though), but around twelve we found very dead-looking frizzled cochin bantam & black silkie sprawled out on the brooder.
    Me & my mother tried to revive them for about 2 1/2 hours; for awhile they seemed to be improving, but suddenly the black silkie died. :*( And shortly thereafter the bantam cochin did as well.
    I was very disappointed; but fortunately, McMurray sent extras.
    This evening my Silver pencilled bantam has come down w/ thee same symptoms! I'm guessing stress..Ive wrapped the chick in a tissue and am keeping him warm.
    He's eaten some cod liver oil, but it hasn't made much of a difference in his condition. :(
    Should I stick him in my bra? is the issue warmth? Or should I dispatch him immediately to reduce suffering?
     
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    frostbite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can't advise about how to care for the little guys, but I would let McMurrays know right away.
     
  3. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Overrun With Chickens

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    Somehow..i don't think they'd care. But hopefully it's not too late to call. I think it has something to do with these bantams being shipped with the standards; do you think they get beat up and stuff? Or dog piled?
     
  4. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    Have you tried a little sugar water with a dropper? You can also make a watery mash with there chick food to bring them around. At that age standards and bantams should be fine together. I would think it would be more to do with there sugar levels which is why they crash so fast.

    What I do is make a watery (warm water) mash and put it in a dropper and open the beak and place a little in at a time. Within 5 minutes I've seen chicks that are crashing come around.
     
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  5. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Overrun With Chickens

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    Ok. I'll try almost anything to make this little guy come around. But how would I make the mash if he's not going to eat it? How could I make it enticing?
     
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    frostbite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sure McMurrays does care, and they have a warranty: On Poultry: "LIVE ARRIVAL AND LIVABILITY - For a full guarantee, report to us within 48 hours after arrival, any birds that may have died during this period."

    For the link to their warranty page: http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/guarantee.html

    So get on the phone. They can't even try to make things right if they don't know there's a problem.
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  7. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Overrun With Chickens

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    Ok I contacted them..
     
  8. WooingWyandotte

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    Thank you very much, I will get right onto that.
     
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    It's hard to lose chicks, they're so helpless and adorable, and so much eager happy expectation leading up to their arrival. Sorry about the trouble you're having, hope the rest survive for you.
     
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  10. WooingWyandotte

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    Yeah it really sucks. :/ But this one is much more active now that I've administered the sugar water and mash. BUt he can't seem to stand up; as if he's very weak he looks like he's trying htough. Any more tips?
     

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