I think I stressed out my 2.5 week olds

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chew593, May 12, 2009.

  1. Chew593

    Chew593 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I put them out in the run 2 days ago in a temporary brooder with heat lamp to let them get aquainted with my (6) 5 week olds. They were out there 2 days and I let them out in the run a few times and locked them in at night. I kept tabs on the temp in the brooder and it was stable at 87 degrees day and night. All seemed well. They were having a blast running around and playing.

    Yesterday I noticed one was a little lethargic and by yesterday evening they were all huddling puffed up and not moving around much. I brought them back in the house. Gave them vinegar water and some yogurt, but they don't appear to be eating. They sleep all the time.

    Now I need some guidance with supportive care. I have some liquid b complex but I don't know how much to give them. I have the yogurt and the vinegar water. Should I be forcing fluids in them now.

    FYI their poop looks fine. One baby had one that was watery but then had a normal looking one just a little while later and I havn't seen any blood. My 5 week olds are healthy as can be. Thanks.
    Last edited: May 12, 2009
  2. Chew593

    Chew593 Chillin' With My Peeps

    :) Well I'm going to assume that from how quiet it's been here that I'm doing everything right. I did give the little roo some vinegar water with a syringe and he was standing on his feeder when I got home from dropping off the kid at school.

    I'm still curious about the liquid b complex... how much should be administered? Just seems easier than crushing a pill.
  3. Chew593

    Chew593 Chillin' With My Peeps

    so I found this using google.

    Poultry: 2 tsp b complex per gallon of water... I mixed it up and they're drinking it so I guess we'll just keep an eye on it.

    I'm going to go check in with tread killers anonymous now... I'm feeling kinda lonely. [​IMG]
  4. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    My guess is that they either got too cold (2.5 weeks old is too young to be outside unless with a broody hen), or they picked up coccidia (and just don't have the diarrhea yet, some do not ever get diarrhea- as they die before). If they are not, or were not on medicated start prior and during the few days outside- then get them on it now, and probably check out the coccidiostats at the feed store. Look up the home remedies for coccidia support as well. Also I would not mix 2.5 week olds and 5 week olds, as the younger ones will be stressed and picked on (or killed). Stress & harassment by other birds will make the temp or coccidia stress worse.
  5. Chew593

    Chew593 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm going to keep them inside for another 2 weeks then try again. The older chickens ignored the babies as far as I could tell and now that the little ones are back inside they seem to be ok. I'm going to keep them on the b complex today. When would be a good time to reintroduce? Is 2 more weeks going to be enough?
    Last edited: May 12, 2009
  6. cimarron

    cimarron Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 25, 2008
    Central Tejas
    have you tried bird vitamins. Vita-Flight is a dry powder that i got at one of the chain pet stores. i had some issues with my chicks at about this age and strong vita flight solution in water given with a dropper got them their strength back after a few days. about 1 tsp in a tincture bottle was what i gave. then weaker solution (a teaspoon in the pint-sized baby chick waterer) for several more weeks. might have been a vitamin deficiency that is just catching up with them now as they grow so fast. but i agree it seems too soon to have had them out without a mama hen.
  7. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    If they seem totally normal now, they were probably chilled. I don't put my chicks outside until they are fully feathered at 8-1o weeks old, and have been off of supplemental heat for a week or so. Even then, I still put them in a crate at night, so they can keep each other warm. I would introduce them to other birds when they are of similar size, to decrease picking on each other. Also I keep them in a covered dog x-pen so they can see the adults, and the adults can see them- but no one can get attacked- for 2 weeks, during this time they continue to eat their medicated chick crumbles (and the adults can't).

  8. Chew593

    Chew593 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'll keep that in mind. I'm really new to chickens, and I learned a valuable lesson. Don't listen to the one person (my neighbor) who says it's ok to put then out at 2 weeks. Listen to the 47 people that tell you to wait till they're 4 weeks.
    They all seem to be doing better now with food heat water and quiet. I'll let you know if anything changes.

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