He's dying RIGHT NOW !!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JulieZ, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. JulieZ

    JulieZ Songster

    Feb 5, 2010
    Trenton, Florida
    Found 2 week old laying on back, bent over food container, upside down. The other chicks were running all over him. That was 6 hours ago. He came from a farm at 3 days old. Why is he dying?? "Mork" died the same way.

    He TRIES to open his eyes but can't.
    He TRIES to get a good breath but can't.
    He TRIES to walk but stumbles & falls.
    He DOES chirp when I touch him, as if in pain.
    No blood, vent looks okay, no swelling that I can see anywhere, his poop is SUPER gooey/gross.
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Dang. Tough one.

    What's the feed? Anything besides chick starter and water?

    What's the temp at chick level? Some are more sensitive than others.
  3. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Losing chicks is an inevitable part of raising chickens.

    All you can do is keep him comfortable while he passes or you can cull him yourself.

    No, it ain't easy either way.
  4. JulieZ

    JulieZ Songster

    Feb 5, 2010
    Trenton, Florida
    Temps are normal, chick starter feed medicated, clean water, clean bedding, etc.

    I'm really wondering if having chickens is worth the heartache. [​IMG]
  5. mama2many

    mama2many Chirping

    Jun 20, 2010
    I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. It is very hard to loose one, but I promise all the joy you will see down the road will mend your broken heart. You can't shut off your heart to the love of these precious creature. I have had dogs, cats, horses, cattle, sheep, bunnies you name it, but I LOVE my chickies. I had a hard loss of my Big Mama early this spring that made me think of quittin the whole mess. You will have a new baby at some point that helps to heal your saddness. Be with him and show him love until he goes that is all you can do. There will be a rainbow somewhere down the road, I promise.
  6. kaddidle

    kaddidle Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    I wonder the same thing every time I loose one...and then I look at my flock on any one of the many, many good days which far outnumber the bad and I know that the answer is yes.
  7. arch_cpj

    arch_cpj Songster

    Mar 19, 2010
    medina county
    This is one case where I take a more modern tone to the chick raising deal I ALWAYS giver my new chicks some oxytetracycline (1/2 tsp) per galon of water for the first month of their lives In this one case I have found the mortality decreases substantially there are just soooooooooo many bugs the chicks can get.. I have a mortality of 2 percent this way and 5 - 7 percent without sometimes more...

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