new chicks dying like crazy... possible pullorum or paratyphoid??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by HathawayHens, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. HathawayHens

    HathawayHens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all!

    I have raised baby chicks before, never lost one... but this year I got a shipment from a hatchery with a good reputation, that says they are tested for paratyphoid and pullorum... but of 25 chicks, 5 were DOA, and all but 6 have since passed. 3 of those left are thin, not eating well, and lethargic, one of those has swollen eyes. I have never seen such a thing! I don't believe it is husbandry - same brooder set up I have used before complete with thermostat, medicated chick starter, and clean water both with and without electrolytes. The symptoms seem to fit with one of those two diseases, but the hatchery says they are clear of those. Can shipping cause this many issues? Thanks for any thoughts...
     
  2. mammat

    mammat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes shipping them from Ohio to florida with postal delays could cause them all to be sick. Hope the rest make it!
     
  3. HathawayHens

    HathawayHens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sure hope so... I'm considering having them tested for Salmonella just to be sure... don't want to introduce that to my flock. :/
     

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