Lethargic Chicks

RIredlady

Chirping
Jun 1, 2016
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Long story short I ended up with a dozen TSC chicks. 6 Marans and 6 olive eggers.

2/6 of the Marans have died, and I believe another is on its way. They are quite small for week old chicks, I’ve tried doing the electrolyte water mix and they’ve been on medicated feed.

Anything else I should try?
 

RIredlady

Chirping
Jun 1, 2016
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41
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Rhode Island
Not sure if they are eating. I’ve separated the very weak ones, I can get them to drink. Someone finally pooped and it appears to be a white/brown watery mix which doesn’t seem right.
 

Ryguy3684

AIC Rooster
Premium Feather Member
You can try hand feeding them to see if they are eating at all. If not, try making a wet mash out of their feed to see if they'll eat that. What are you feeding them? Do they have heat on one side, cooler area on the other? Take a picture of your brooder setup, if you can?
 

RIredlady

Chirping
Jun 1, 2016
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Rhode Island
i have been feeding them medicated starter feed. I clean the brooder out 3x daily and everyone else is happy and healthy. It’s just the Marans that aren’t doing well. I will definitely try the mash! Currently I have moved the weak chicks to a separate make-shift brooder so it’s nothing fancy. considering the other 12 chicks are doing great, I’m not convinced it’s caused by the brooder setup.
 

Ryguy3684

AIC Rooster
Premium Feather Member
I'm not sure where they get their chicks from, but if the marans had a different shipping time, that might mess with them as well. It is odd that it's one breed only. I don't know if marans are more prone to a particular illness. Maybe someone else will chime in. Good luck with them.
 

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