MM/AE Chick Updates

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RedTailRanch, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. RedTailRanch

    RedTailRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, it's been over 5 weeks since my first chicks showed symptoms of AE. I thought it was time for an update.

    One month ago this forum was buzzing with stories of AE and the horrible problems that we were all going through, but now...it's almost like it never happened. I even see new people say "What's AE"...I wish I didn't know.

    Anyway, I had 10 out of 18 surviving chicks that had the symptoms in varying degrees. I also added 12 more chicks to the brooder (from a local feed store) before I knew my others had AE.

    Here it is nearly 6 weeks later and I am happy to say that all but two of my sick chicks are, or have, recovered!!!

    Chick Jr., who was the first to show symptoms, is unfortunately still very badly affected. He has barely grown and does not get around well at all. One other one, a speckled sussex, still has head tremors and has horrible AE induced splayed leg which I have tried to treat but have been unsuccessful in correcting.

    As for the others...wow! Phoebe, my little BO, has almost no head tremors, has gained weight, and I have been 98% successful in correcting her AE induced splayed leg! All the others have started to grow and catch up to their unaffected brooder-mates and head tremors are rarely seen. They are walking normally and even running and flapping their wings. Even little Penny, my Golden Campine with the broken toe, who had not grown AT ALL for the first 6 weeks of her life has started to get bigger and is almost completely feathered out. And her gimpy toe does not seem to bother her (I tried, unsuccesfully to splint it, but she always manages to get it off).

    I hope that there are others out there who have had success in recoveries as well. I really did not think that I would be telling any success stories. I was sure my chicks would eventually die or I would have to keep them in isolation for the rest of their lives, however long that turned out to be.

    My hope is that when the chicks all go out to the new coop in a few weeks that ALL the AE chicks get to go with them. My chickens will be allowed to free range on my 10 acres as well, so I also hope that the AE chicks are able to survive and escape any would-be predators. They've been fighters so far, so I'm hoping that carries over in the "outside" world.
     
  2. RedTailRanch

    RedTailRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! Those crickets are really loud! [​IMG]
     
  3. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    I am so happy to hear that most of your sick AE chicks recovered. I have been believing all along that they would. I'm hoping others will post their "Survivor" stories as well. I'm betting when yours start to free range they will get even better and stronger and healthier and when they are grown you will never know how very sick they were when they were so very young.

    Thank you for not giving up on them and for taking such good care of them.
     
  4. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    glad to hear most of your's survived and seem to be getting better.
    some others lost many chicks..some chicks were so ill, they were humanely euthanized.
     
  5. RedTailRanch

    RedTailRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey Sammi,

    Many of mine had very severe symptoms as well. I was told that the best thing I could do was to euthanize them, but I just could not bring myself to do it. I felt that as long as they wanted to hang in there that I should let them. It's amazing at how fragile baby chicks are. I lost several in shipping and several more in the first few days. But here I had these poor little chicks that had survived all of that and were now battling this horrible virus. I always seem to cheer on the underdogs, and I think that was what I was doing. It did take a lot of extra work and effort, and I can see how some just would not have the time, money, or energy to do that.

    My worst chick, that couldn't even stand or walk just one week ago took his first few steps last night! I couldn't believe it. He is still far from any sort of recovery, but that was a huge step in the right direction...pun intended! [​IMG]
     
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  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I was getting too depressed hearing all the stories and just kept skipping this section...

    I'm so glad to hear such wonderful news!!! It's great that most of your birdies are almost completely recovered.
    Thanks so much for the update.
     
  7. chicken mamma

    chicken mamma Out Of The Brooder

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    We lost 10 chicks out of this whole ordeal, 3 that Andy finally just "took care of" because they were only getting worse. That was the saddest thing I think I've ever watched an animal experience, but on the same hand I was glad to see so many people writing in saying that there chickens had started to recover. I only had one that was affected and now doing much better, still, everyday when I go out to sit with them I try to watch all of the while they eat to make sure that none of them are shaking. We have 31 one new chicks coming in on Monday, we're just praying that we don't have to go through this all over again, but it doesn't seem to be that many people are posting about this type of problem now. And that is a good sign [​IMG]
     
  8. sonhaschicks

    sonhaschicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I had problems just like you. I loved reading about all your success. We were able to save some our chicks from AE too. It wasn't easy. It was very time consuming trying to get everyone to eat and drink several times a day. But I love chickens and couldn't stop myself Congratulations!!
     
  9. RedTailRanch

    RedTailRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just an update that little Chick Jr., who had the most severe AE symptoms, finally passed away this past saturday. He was a little trooper until the end. He was 2 1/2 months old.
     
  10. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry you lost Chick, Jr. [​IMG]
     

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