Help. What is wrong with my chicks?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BluebirdHomestead, Oct 30, 2019.

  1. BluebirdHomestead

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    2D092D2F-5009-4056-833A-164220C995D1.jpeg C44CCEFB-0AAA-40A2-8761-4E678BA43E10.jpeg Hello, I had 8 3 week old chicks. One died 4 days ago, so I’m down to 7. I began treating them with corid (2 tsp in a gallon of water fresh everyday), the day I woke up to the one that had passed because I saw some bloody stool in the brooder.
    I’m using a “professional brooder” (I’m not a professional tho). It has a wire bottom so it’s pretty sanitary. I’ll attach a pic. It’s just below 80 now. The one that died had a couple symptoms. The main one was rocking from front to back. She also had her wings spread out, but not out to the side, like vertically if that even makes sense. They formed a tent shape over her.

    4 of my 7 remaining chicks are sick. I have removed the sick ones and have them in a makeshift Rubbermaid brooder with a red heat lamp. 80 degree reading on the floor under the lamp. All are displaying different symptoms. One is doing the rocking (it’s almost pulsing) while making a chirping sound that isn’t normal. Her eyes are mostly closed and she has her wings spread just like the chick that died 4 days ago did. She also keeps pasting up so I’ve been giving her daily bum washes. I’ll attach a video of what she’s doing. I’m pretty sad about her. She is an Isbar (Silverrudds Blue) and I was excited to see her grow up. It’s discouraging that I’m on day 5 or the Corid and she’s worse, not better. Leads me to believe maybe Coccidiosis isn’t my issue.
    My Olive egger is puffed up and a bit lethargic and has passed bloody stool and keeps pasting up as well, but is eating and drinking and those are her only symptoms.
    My beautiful little Wyandotte suddenly can’t walk without stumbling and being very off balance. I’ve seen her do some really awkward summersaults and also lay down on her side in a very strange way. She’s got energy tho and is eating and drinking and seems otherwise chipper.
    My little black and white (yellow for now) Swedish Flower Hen seems energetic and normal aside from this really weird thing she’s doing every once in a while. She will suddenly open her beak and throw her head back violently and stumble backwards, almost like something is stuck in her throat or something but I can’t see anything and I can’t feel anything in her crop. I gave her some coconut oil and massaged it but it didn’t help. I saw her do it this morning, but she didn’t do it again while I was out there this afternoon so I don’t have a video yet.

    I’m feeding them a chick feed pictured as well as chick grit.

    Would be so grateful for input. I’m so sad about my chicks. I’m a first time chicken owner, so this is pretty overwhelming to only see 3 healthy chicks in my brooder. Since today is day 5 on the Corid, my current plan is to stop it tomorrow and give nutri-drench and probiotics. Thoughts? Thanks.
     
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  2. 21hens-incharge

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    How are you offering grit?

    What are the nutrient readings on that feed?

    What were the folks feeding where you got the chicks?
     
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  3. ChickenCanoe

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    Lethargic, puffed up and bloody stool is a sure sign. You'll probably need to up the Corid dosage.
    Make sure the bedding is bone dry.
     
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  4. BluebirdHomestead

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    Ugh I can’t figure out how to load the video clip.
     
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    I’m honestly not sure what the nutritional make up is. That’s what she was feeding them and raises all her chicks on.
     
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  7. BluebirdHomestead

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    I’ve been changing the bedding super frequently so that’s good. You think I need an even higher dose than 2 tsps per gallon? I thought that was the high dose. Just making sure since they are tiny chickies.
     
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    Oh and I’m just sprinkling chick grit on their feed
     
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    Any tips on how to upload a video?
     
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