How can baby chicks die this fast???Laying and spinning with neck back

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jen5680, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

    Jun 18, 2009
    SW Ohio
    I was out in the coop feeding watering checking on the flock and came in to get something. I was maybe in the house for
    10 minutes. I go back into the coop and 2 of the chicks are dead and 2 more are laying on there sides spinning around with there neck all bent backwards like.
    Very weird!! One of them had some kind of liquid it looked like kinda dripping out of it's mouth.
    I picked them up and held them for a long time and then they seemed to be ok. I put them back with momma
    but they seem to keep leaning to one side and seem very groggy. Any ideas what is going on with this???
     
  2. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could anything have got into the coop and attack them?
     
  3. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

    Jun 18, 2009
    SW Ohio
    Nothing!!
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    sounds like they were having seizures. Did they get into any thing toxic, mushrooms, spoiled feed, some plant.
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    My thought is toxin too.
     
  6. chickee

    chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Symptoms sound like New Castle disease? Twisting of heads, nervous tremers and sudden death are a few of the symptoms. You might want to look it up online. So sorry! [​IMG]
     
  7. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

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    Quote:It says that there is no cure for this. I still dont' no how they would have even gotten this?? None of my other birds have it???
    All the feed is fresh and they are inside and not able to get into anything but what I give them to eat. This is weird!!
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I was just reading on Google that USA has not had an outbreak of New Castle virus in domestic chickens since 1974, when it was eradicated. I don't know how truthful the source is or not. It did mention that vaccinated chicks can still spead it and that there is no treatment for it. It is very contagious.
     
  9. chickee

    chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:It says that there is no cure for this. I still dont' no how they would have even gotten this?? None of my other birds have it???
    All the feed is fresh and they are inside and not able to get into anything but what I give them to eat. This is weird!!

    I hope I'm wrong on this! [​IMG] I would change their feed in case it came from the factory with some toxin in it!!! Remember when all the pets were dying because one of the ingredients came from China and it had melamine in the grains? I switched my cat to a grain free diet then and discovered that she had an allergy to grain and she is so much healthier now!! I would put cider vinegar in their water and feed them some hard boiled egg to give them a boost. GOOD LUCK! [​IMG]
     

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