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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dan_grow, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. dan_grow

    dan_grow Chirping

    May 21, 2010
    st. Louis
    to lose 4-8 chicks within a few hours? their all about 2 or 3 days old and it was extremal cold and wind when i picked them up from the post office. they all seem to be doing fine but 4 refuse to wake up but don't seem nearly as bad as the 4 that already died.

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I got 25 rainbow layer assortment from McMurry in April of 2008. They sent 26.

    By the end of the 2nd day 11 had died. I don't know why... folks said they were having a infectious issues at the time.
  3. Lisa202

    Lisa202 Songster

    Aug 20, 2010
    Long Island NY
    I don't know much about dying chicks, but I do think the cold had something to do with your losses [​IMG] ( I'm so sorry) Maybe the Post office had them in a bad draft for too long. Hopefully the others were protected by the poor little chicks that were on the outside of the huddle. Poor babies [​IMG]
  4. dan_grow

    dan_grow Chirping

    May 21, 2010
    st. Louis
    now i only have 14 left out of the 27 that were sent to me (the last 2 just fell asleep and died) but everyone els seems to bee alright (knocks on wood) and are already twice the size off my layers their age [​IMG]
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Shipping is hard on chicks. It's not unusual to have losses, especially if they had temperature fluctuations while in transit. Bantams are the worst and do not fair well with shipping. Large fowl tend to do better with it.

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