New chicks- please help me!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by thepouts, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. thepouts

    thepouts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,

    We picked chicks up today. One lot are 3-4 weeks old. They were running around when I bought them. I've since come home and they're not very active they just seem to be sleeping a lot. Is this normal? I've put their heads to the water and crumble and they appeared to have some. Otherwise they just sleep. Is this normal?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    When it is nighttime they do settle down. See how they are in the daytime.

    Be on the lookout for coccidiosis in chicks.
     
  3. thepouts

    thepouts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's 4:40 in the afternoon here at the moment.

    What are the symptoms of that coccidiosis?
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Oh- here it is almost 11 pm. It is hard to say without seeing your chicks. It would concern me if you would classify them as "lethargic" or if you see diarrhea. Every 8th poo or so is a caecal (normal) liquid poo, but then the other poos should be normal.

    Well, here is what to look for:

    lethargy
    won't eat or drink
    sits in corner by himself with eyes closed
    feathers fluffed up as if cold
    bloody poo OR diarrhea (not all strains produce bloody poo)
    humans can transfer cocci into brooder even though cocci are in soil
    Usually affects chicks under 8 weeks of age, but can occur in older chickens when exposed to new soil (new strain of cocci) or if immunocompromised.
    They become immune to cocci eventually but if overwhelmed by the cocci can become ill and die within 24 hours.


    Treatment is available - amprolium is what I use personally. You should see improvement within 24 hours with treatment.
     
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  5. thepouts

    thepouts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I'm in australia and have no idea where to buy it from...

    I've never had chicks before so don't know what normal behaviour is. They're sitting a lot though. I don't know if that's lethargy or not
     
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens



    three weeks


    four weeks

    They DO sit down and sleep a bit, after a period of exercise and walking around. Especially if they are in a brooder and there isn't much to do or see.
     
  7. thepouts

    thepouts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you :)

    They've been eating and drinking and standing up. I think I'm worrying about my little babies too much
     
  8. franzman12

    franzman12 Out Of The Brooder

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    It might be because at the store they were always awake with people walking around, and now there tired and can get some good rest.
     
  9. thepouts

    thepouts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think this may have been the case. I don't think that they're living conditions were optimal, not even close. I wish I could have bought the whole flock but could only take 3 of them.

    Glad to say they have not stopped eating this morning :)
     
  10. franzman12

    franzman12 Out Of The Brooder

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    That's how I felt today, already had 26 babies at home and went to tsc and they were crowded, there water was full of pine chips, and it was dirty. I was only able to take 6 but I'm sure some space was freed up.
     

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