Problem with chicks

Mkostos

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 23, 2014
20
1
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I am brand new to raising chicks. Mine were hatched Saturday and with me since Monday afternoon when I picked them up from the Post Office. All were doing well, eating and drinking and active. I just lost one. I was outside for about 20 minutes and came in and found one on its back, trying like crazy to roll back over to get up. I helped it, held it while drinking a bit a water... and it died minutes later. The chick was very healthy and doing great and no pasting (I've been watching for this too). My guess is that it worked so hard to try to roll back over it was too much for it. Ironically, in the shipment another of the same breed was DOA. Both of ths breed were also the smallest. Picture attached, no idea what breed they were. Anyone have an idea why I lost this one?



 

acates

Chirping
5 Years
Apr 16, 2014
107
6
78
Shell Knob MO
I got some appenzeller chicks Monday and the same thing happened to me today. I am also new to raising chickens. It was just laying there and couldn't walk. I would also like to know what happened. Sorry
 

3riverschick

Poultry Lit Chaser
10 Years
May 19, 2009
8,454
3,215
512
Hi,
and
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I am so sorry about the loss of your chick. It could still be travel stress.
Read here for a fuller explanation on how to treat it :

https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/746509/how-to-deal-with-travel-stress-in-baby-chicks

In any case the Poultry Nutri-Drench will only help them. I put it in the water for my chicks at 2cc per gallon for the first 2 weeks of life to get them off to a strong start. The genius here is that Poultry Nutri-Drench does not need to be digested ( like all their Drenches and Drops). It mainlines directly into the bloodstream. 50% uptake in 10-15 minutes. 99% uptake in 30 minutes. Since I wrote the above post I spoke with the folks at Bovidr Labs. They told me that if the Poultry Nutri-Drench is not available, you can substitute their Pet Nutri-Drops at the same usage and dosage instructions as for the Poultry Nutri-Drench in the URL above. I get mine at Tractor Supply for 6.99 for the 4 oz. bottle(plenty) or 9.99 for the Pet Nutri-Drops 4-6 oz. ( plenty). Just one drop by mouth per chick every 8-10 hours as needed. Buy a small cc marked syringe and throw away the needle. An easy way to measure it for the waterer. It does come with a dropper built into the cap.
Best Regards,
Karen in western PA
closest Tractor Supply Stores:
16.08 Miles CASSVILLE - 1597 1011 OLD EXETER RD CASSVILLE,MO 65625 (417) 846-1844
22.11 Miles HOLLISTER - 1654 2949 S BUSINESS 65 HOLLISTER,MO 65672 (417) 334-4428
Open 8a-8p Mon. thru Sat. Sunday lesser hours.
 
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Mkostos

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 23, 2014
20
1
34
I added the electrolytes to the water and still am doing so. I also added that blue gel stuff and still am doing that. All of them were and are doing great, except for that one breed (one DOA and one tonight).
 

3riverschick

Poultry Lit Chaser
10 Years
May 19, 2009
8,454
3,215
512
wow! now your making me scared!
hopefully,mine won't die, because I'm also getting my first chicks in june!
Hi nickers and
,
No one said your peeps would die, smile. Forewarned is to be forearmed.
The Drench just makes sure they get off to a strong start.

Actually it is very advantageous to think of your chicks as walking G.I tracts. Because the functioning of the
G.I tract is directly related to the growth and development of the chick. The Drench gives them easily absorbable
vitamins, minerals, and nutrients which give them energy so their digestive tracts work more efficiently. I know
you will be feeding your chicks well. So the Drench just gives them the extra they need to absorb the goodies you
give them more efficiently. We know the body systems of the chick are still maturing after hatch. This includes the
immune system. The more efficient the nutrient uptake, the more nutrients available for the maturing immune system
and the rest of the systems.
Best Regards,
Karen
 
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