one chick died, one not doing so good. need some help

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hollyk, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. hollyk

    hollyk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2008
    Canton, Texas
    I bought 3 mille fluer chicks for my friend. The were 5 weeks old when I got them, now they are 6 weeks. One did not thrive and died yesterday. Now one of the others is very lethargic and declining. There is no nasty poop, no breathing problems and no other real symptoms. They just aren't "right". Any advice and treatements would be greatly appreciated.
    They have dry bedding, medicated chick starter, plenty of water and heat.[​IMG]
  2. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    From where did you get these chicks? It could be something to do with the place they came from. It sounds like you are doing everything right. [​IMG]
  3. hollyk

    hollyk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2008
    Canton, Texas
    I bought the chicks from a local lady. Her place was very clean and nice. She had all the inspections done by the various gov. agencies.
    Thanks for answering. I could not think of anything else to do.[​IMG]
  4. scarter

    scarter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2008
    Roberts, WI
    Were they vaccinated? If they were vaccinated with both vaccines then you aren't supposed to use the medicated feed. McMurray was very specific with me on that. Just an idea. Are they too cold or too hot?
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2009
  5. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    Quote:If the chicks are vaccinated for Coccidiosis, then medicated feed should not be fed. Medicated feed though should still be fed if they were only vaccinated for Mareks.

    Feeding medicated feed to a chick vaccinated for Cocci would not make it sick though. It would prevent the cocci vaccine from being effective though (just a waste of money then).

    Since these were bought from a 'friend' it is highly doubtful that they were vaccinated for Coccidiosis.

    HollyK: do you know if the chicks were vaccinated for Mareks? You state there are 'no real symptoms' so I'm assuming they can walk ok, and don't have any symptoms of paralysis. Are they eating and drinking ok? What temperature to you have their brooder at? The temp should drop about 5 degrees each week (95 degress first week, 90 second, 85 third, 80 fourth, 75 5th). They are not too hot are they?

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