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losing chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by riley, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. riley

    riley Songster

    Nov 30, 2008
    Mooers, NY
    my baby chicks are a week old today and i lost 2 yesterday they would just stand their it kind looked like they were swaying they eould eat or drink and now i have a 3rd chick doing that what do i do i dont want to lose any more chicks
  2. chiknlady

    chiknlady Songster

    May 12, 2008
    SE PA
    Several things to check...

    Temperature---if it is too hot--the heat lamp will literally cook your chicks--One way to tell is if they are as far away from the lamp as possible --or do they have enough room to get out of the heat?

    Do they have accumulated waste on their rear vents? If so they could have pasty bottoms and the waste hardens and prevents them from eliminating and they die.

    Try these two first and note any other symptoms you may have...

    Good luck
  3. Are you using CEDAR shavings ? Put a thermometer at the BOTTOM of the brooder directly on the floor. See what the temp is there. If it is above 100 degrees you could be cooking the buggers.

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