Please help! Dying baby chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by anjbagley, May 16, 2010.

  1. anjbagley

    anjbagley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recieved an order of 33 chicks from mmh on Monday. When I opened the box all but two or three looked dead. On further examination I found several of them to be breathing but in bad shape. I took them home and warmed them, got gro gel into them, massaged the really bad ones and after about an hour of this I had 22 alive. (amazing enough) Problem is that they keep dying. Every day I am loosing 2 or 3 more chicks. I am down to 11 live as I just pulled another one out this morning. They look healthy, are eating and running around the brooder and then are just dead. I am doing bum checks 3 times a day and still almost 1/2 will be yucky at each check. What in the world is going on. Is it just because they had such a bad start on life that they are not making it or is there some kind of disease go ing on? I am supposed to be getting my replacement chicks from mm tomarrow. They wanted to get them here fast so that they could still all brood together but I am not sure if it is safe to put the new ones in with these chicks unless I know that it is common for chicks to keep dying when they shipped so poorly. Please if anyone could help I am desperate. I don't want anymore dead babies. In all the years I have had chicks shipped in I have never had an experience like this!
     
  2. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    I suggest you separate the ones with a yucky butt from those with no signs of illness. When you receive your replacements separate them from your first batch. Do you have a vet nearby? If so consult him/her for further assistance. I hope someone can help you [​IMG]
     
  3. ShaggysGirl

    ShaggysGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like they had a bad trip via the US mail. Since you mentioned you've had chicks shipped before I won't ask about the bedding, food and heat set up.
    What I would do it give each some poli-vi-sol( wihout iron) and of you're not already I would put some ACV in their water. Maybe try some hard boiled eggs for protein. Best of luck with your chicks.
     
  4. anjbagley

    anjbagley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I will try all of those suggestions. What is the ratio of ACV:water?
     
  5. ShaggysGirl

    ShaggysGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I put two TBS in a gallon, so probably 2 tsp in a quart.
     
  6. fastpat

    fastpat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I think McMurray will send replacement chicks, but I'd also file a report with the local postmaster. If I had to guess, I'd say someone at your post office left the chicks outside the building after delivery, which could have been 3-4 hours in early morning. It's still pretty chilly out your way near dawn, isn't it?
     
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