Please help ASAP! My new meat birds are dying on their back.

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  1. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got a shipment of meat birds from Ideal yesterday. They are about 2 days old now and 3 have already died. I found one on it's back last night, alive, looking like he had splayed leg. I taped him up, he could walk fine, so I put him back in. I found him dead this morning, on his back and 2 others like him. They aren't acting funny, other than looking like they are getting splayed leg. Could splayed leg really be causing this? Should I change the flooring of the brooder for now? I see a few others starting to show the same signs. What do I do? Please help ASAP. I can't afford for them to all die.
     
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  2. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is your brooder temp?
    What is the flooring/bedding?
    What are you feeding? Are they eating?
    Are they drinking?
     
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    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It could be the resulting shipping stress. Sometimes they just don't make it. It sounds like everything your doing is good. I usually don't have a thermometer in my brooder but as long as they aren't piling it sounds fine.

    Are you checking for pasty butt? Any problems with the abdomen/naval area in the ones that died?

    You may want to post in the emergency section too.
     
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  5. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've not really checked for pasty butt, but I just picked them all up to put the sheet in the brooder and didn't notice anything. I'll check. I did notice their bellies felt "full", but they are eating a lot and I'm not sure how "full" meat birds tummies are supposed to feel. This is my first time raising them. Could the have ascites so young?
     
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    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BTW, the puppy in your pic is SO cute! Is he/she a pyr?
     
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    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They just keep getting worse! Every time I look at them I find at least one more on it's back. No more have died yet, but one is so weak it probably will soon. I don't know what's happening. They seemed fine yesterday.
     
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    If you have electrolytes available, like save-a-chick you can try that. Maybe try some sugar water to pep them up? Spraddle leg wouldn't kill them unless untreated for so long they couldn't get to water/feed.

    The only thing that I'm familiar with dealing with their belly is omphalitis which is basically an infection from unhealed navals. Not sure about ascites.

    Yes the pup is a Pyr, he's 5 months old in the pic and with his best friend, my 12 lb Shih Tzu.
     
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    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They had electrolytes. I read that too much salt can cause something like this in meat birds, and the electrolytes I gave them are kinda high in salt (Though I don't think it should be too high) so to cover all the bases I replaced them with plain water and I'm trying to get them to eat mashed bananas to help lower the salt level in their bodies. We'll see. So far I haven't found any new sickly ones *knocks on wood* but the sickly ones I already have aren't getting any better. [​IMG]

    He's really cute. I love GPs. Both my dogs are mutts. I know Maggie's mom was a black lab, but Toby could be part turtle for all I know. No one knows where he came from.
     
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    Another dead and another dying. [​IMG]
     

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