HELP!! Why do my baby chicks all die right after I give them water???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by roamingchick, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. roamingchick

    roamingchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It does not matter if the chick hatched in bator or under hen. All my silkie chicks die almost immediately after I give them water for the first time. I have raised many chicks and have never seen this before or ever lost so many chicks. :( I am so upset, why would this be happening? This happened with three hatches.
     
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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    How are you "giving them water"? Are you giving water directly into their beaks or are you allowing them to drink naturally from a waterer? If you are using a waterer, what type of waterer are you using? How are you finding your dead birds - away from the water source or in it? Are they wet or dry when they die?
     
  3. roamingchick

    roamingchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dip the beak into water source and let them drink, they then go off as normal to die minutes later, It is honestly very disturbing.
     
  4. roamingchick

    roamingchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are dry not drowning.
     
  5. roamingchick

    roamingchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is well water. Nothing added to it.
     
  6. BethanyS

    BethanyS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have your water tested asap
     
  7. BethanyS

    BethanyS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if it a bacterial problems boiling it should help.If it's THAT fast I'm thinking chemicals could be in your well water and could be causing YOU damage
     
  8. roamingchick

    roamingchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking same thing my older birds, dog and son lizards all drink the water as do me and my family so I am a bit worried. I will use bottle water for next hatch, just didnt know why else this would happen? I have raised many chicks before I moved. Would something in the water effect the chicks but not full sized birds?
     
  9. BethanyS

    BethanyS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    please DON'T let anything or person drink that water until you know what's going on.scary
     
  10. roamingchick

    roamingchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live next to a farm that is all organic and DEC keeps close watch? But I will have to find out where to get my water tested. :(
     

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