losing chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kipepeo, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. kipepeo

    kipepeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my 3rd year getting chicks and this is the first year that I am lsing some 4 so far and 2 more don't look good. I have no idea what is going on doing the same thing I have done before they are in a rubbermaid container brooder with heatlamp on top. Dipped everyones beaks in water yesterday and gave them grow gel and then food this morning. They get listless I dipped beaks in h2o again but they won't swallow
     
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Hard to say, but the first thing I'd be checking would be the temperature at chick level.
     
  3. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am thinking the same thing. Check the temperature in the brooder near the chicks. It might be too hot. Do you have the brooder setup in a way that the chicks can get out from under the heat? I like to use a large brooder with various temperature zones. The chicks will go where they are comfortable.
     
  4. allpeepedout

    allpeepedout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry about your losses. I see a great many people using the plastic tubs successfully but I have to wonder about ventilation with just an open top. Unless you're changing bedding daily, could ammonia build up at the level of the chicks? I read that it is heavier than air, and can kill. Good luck.
     
  5. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was also thinking the temp. is too high. When I used a rubbermaid container for my ducklings, I only had a 75-100 watt regular bulb in the reflector lamp.
     
  6. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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