quail chick deaths

Discussion in 'Quail' started by beakmaster, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. beakmaster

    beakmaster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had a couple deaths of my A&Ms in the past couple days and suspect smothering. I just found one dead and one was laying across the dead ones neck. Does anyone else have this problem and is there a remedy? I have separated 60 chicks into 3 different brooders and it still happened again. I can't have another brooder and was hoping someone had another idea. Thanks
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Sounds like what is called "piling". They pile up on each other because they are cold and then some do suffocate. You need to turn up the heat in the brooder a bit. What temp are you at and how old are the chicks?
     
  3. beakmaster

    beakmaster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are a week old and I have kept the temps between 91 and 95. They really don't pile up at all as a group, its more like two or three bird groups. Very little cheeping also.
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    91 is a bit cold for week olds. You should start them out at 95 degrees. And it is possible that your thermometer is off a bit, and they are colder than you think. Generally they won't pile if they are warm enough.
     

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