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my araucana chick quit on me :(

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by klf73, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    I went to feed and water the chicks last night and one was just sitting by itself. It was my only tufted (but tailed) araucana. I picked her up and she didn't fuss. I gave her some vitamins and water. She was dead by morning [​IMG] . I usually feed and water them in the morning and night but missed yeasterday morning. They are 2 weeks old, could the 24 hours been too much? I feel bad. Everyone else looks fine, normal poops. She seemed skinny, I just added another feeder and waterer just in case that was he problem. 2 chicks in 3 days [​IMG]

  2. CA Bean

    CA Bean Songster

    Oh no! SO sorry to hear.. maybe there is some kind of virus or something going on..you may want to post in the emergency/sick chicken area to see if someone can help. Maybe they need antibiotics? I would hate to see you lose more if it is a sickness.
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2008
  3. Anne

    Anne Songster

    Feb 11, 2007
    Bellingham, WA
    It happens sometimes, especially with the tufted ones.

    I'm sorry. [​IMG]
  4. [​IMG] SO sad.
  5. pixiechick

    pixiechick Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Jonesborough, TN
    I'm so sorry. Out of curiousity, why does it happen more to the tufted ones?
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Tufts are a lethal gene, which usually kills them in the shell between days 18-21. The ones that survive to hatch may have higher mortality, if they weren't meant to hatch in the first place.

    I'm so sorry you lost her Krista. [​IMG]

  7. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    how sad, I'm so sorry. [​IMG]
  8. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Songster

    Jun 2, 2008
    Salley SC
    Jody is right. In my experience the gene will kill them up to about 3 weeks. Also some of the rumpless chicks will develop problems with defecating. If you want to pay for shipping I'll send you a Wildly Double Tufted Rumpless Cockerel.
  9. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Jody is right about the lethal gene.

    Chicks that young should have access to food at all times.
  10. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
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