Please help, my 2 day old chicks are dying

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Farmbois, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. Farmbois

    Farmbois In the Brooder

    Apr 11, 2009

    was after some help please. My chickens which are 2 days old are dying, they go limp, lay on their backs, heavy breathing. I have been breeding chickens for months and months. I have a hoverbator which is great. the last 2 batches of chickens, out of 80 only 10 have survived and i can not seem to find what is going on. I have never had this problem and have a success rate of about 95%. I dont know what to do. we are coming into winter ( its starting to get cool and rainy) here so I have made sure the temp has been correct all the time.

    thanks in advance

  2. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    greg, i am new at chickens- but one thought comes to mind- are they drinking and eating? if they aren't drinking can you dribble water on their beak to get fluid into them? with rescue birds we add a drop of corn syrup to the water, gives them a little energy- hope that helps a little
  3. Farmbois

    Farmbois In the Brooder

    Apr 11, 2009
    Thankyou for your reply.

    not really drinking or eating, the ones that survive drink and eat and i have been doing water droplets etc for the ones that havent. I just cant figure out why they wouldnt drink or eat.
    im racking my brain as to why 90% are dying.
    I havent changed anything since the day i started.
    I was advised by someone that its been cold and that will effect the chicks survival rate however i can not see how this could be true as they are for 1. inside 2. they have a temp controlled brooder etc. they have plenty of room to run around etc, and they have plenty of food and water.

    chicks (rhode island reds and lowman browns)

    Thanks again
  4. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    Can you tell us what conditions are in your brooder? The temperature, and what you have on the floor in the brooder for bedding?
  5. Farmbois

    Farmbois In the Brooder

    Apr 11, 2009
    the brooder is a, i suppose pine hutch, i use lucern grass for bedding. I have a "comfort chick brooder" as the warmer. temp is 36 deg celcius.

    Thank you
  6. Up-the-Creek

    Up-the-Creek Songster

    May 16, 2008
    West Virginia
    Have you been cleaning your incubator between hatches??? If not it could be a bacteria problem.
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    Did you lose any in the they hatch? How do the chicks feel..soft body, normal???

    The most common issues for mortality immediately after hatch is omphalitis (infection enters belly button/umbilical) and mushy chick syndrome (wet hatch). Also if you move them to the brooder too soon (before they're dry), you can put them at risk. Breeder flock issues can also affect hatchlings. There's a sticky at the top of the "raising baby chicks" section of the forum on chick mortality as well that may be helpful.

    I'm so sorry for your losses.
  8. I'vegotchickenfever

    I'vegotchickenfever Songster

    Mar 10, 2009
    Northwest Florida
    the brooder is a, i suppose pine hutch, i use lucern grass for bedding.

    Are they strong and healthy after they hatch in the incubator? If so, I wonder about the brooder and bedding. Are you sure about the "pine hutch"? I've heard that cedar can kill them.​
  9. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Songster

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    I thought chicks could survive several days without food and water. Since yours are dying within 2 days, maybe it is a bacterial problem as hinkjc mentioned. Sorry for you losses. I see you are a new member here, welcome. I hope you find the cause of your demise.
  10. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

    Apr 11, 2009
    Well the way I always did was this
    I put 3 tbp of red jello powder in a qt jar od water for the first day
    DIPPING each and every chick's beak in the red water
    they will then go to it to drink
    Did you put the feed and water close to the light in the brooder for them to see and drink and eat
    also the temperarure is to be 98 degrees for first week and down 5 degrees each week.
    Did they stay in the incubator for several days before being put in the brooder?
    you did not put them in brooder still wet did you?

    Also did you have the same breeders for the eggs as last yr? Did you have healthy breeders?
    Glenda L Heywood
    click on pet forum

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