My chicks are dying off. Advice please?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by drwmlr, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. drwmlr

    drwmlr New Egg

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    I got 4 chicks about 3 weeks ago. I'm new to this. The smaller americauna died first. I had found her struggling on her back and then within 24 hours she was dead. Then the larger Americuana died. Same pattern. The two small blacks are alive but listless and not eating or drinking or pooping much. Not chirping. Laying down. Last night I noticed that their vents were all clogged and I unclogged them using some warm water. I figure they've got some disease. Are they goners? What should I do?
     
  2. suki'smom

    suki'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like pasty butt. Check them several times a day and clean their vents of any poo.
     
  3. Countrypunk92

    Countrypunk92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also check for bloody poo. Might have Cocci.
     
  4. drwmlr

    drwmlr New Egg

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    No blood. Another data point is that these two remaining chicks have hardly grown. Bad flock?
     
  5. Countrypunk92

    Countrypunk92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could be the food, What are you feeding them?
    Have you checked their vents?
    They might be too cold.
     
  6. drwmlr

    drwmlr New Egg

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    Feeding them chick starter feed I got at the feed store. I think it's warm enough. Got them under a bulb that puts it at about 88F. I unclogged some very gunked up vents last night. Left the light on last night.
     
  7. Countrypunk92

    Countrypunk92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could be feed but it could be drafty in the brooder.
     
  8. Mattlime

    Mattlime Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, you will want the light on them all the time and just keep checking them and clean the vents...good luck...
     
  9. Mattlime

    Mattlime Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the brand of chick food? Protein levels? Ect...
     
  10. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pasty butt will kill chicks if left untreated. If you put a little olive oil on their butts, it will be easier to clean next time. Are you giving them lukewarm water? Try mashing up a hard boiled egg for them. Is the chick starter medicated? I think for them to have lived this long, its probably something you are doing or feeding. What are you using for bedding?
     

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