Questions about Chicks

Bekka_cemani

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I have chicks that I have been hatching out, they seem to do fine until about a week old then they start dying off one by one. I use a heat plate on one side, a hot lamp on the other and there is plenty space in between! I have water/grit/and chick feed Purina. I have noticed sometimes they get weak and I know there dying soon, and I've been right..
What could I be doing wrong?
 
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im not sure..... can you update me on their living conditons? like what is in the brooder, the bedding, where you store the food... things like that
 

Wyorp Rock

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I have chicks that I have been hatching out, they seem to do fine until about a week old then they start dying off one by one. I use a heat plate on one side, a hot lamp on the other and there is plenty space in between! I have water/grit/and chick feed Purina. I have noticed sometimes they get weak and I know there dying soon, and I've been right..
What could I be doing wrong?
Please post some photos of the chicks, their poop and the brooder.

You mention you have a hot lamp and a heat plate. What is the temperature of your brooder?
 

Ridgerunner

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If it is over four batches, yes something is wrong. You say some survive. About how many die and how many survive? What are their symptoms when they get weak? How long do they last after they get weak?

Photos of your set-up, the chicks, and the poop could help. What are you feeding them and is the brooder dry? How much time between the different batches?

It could be a disease. Coccidiosis comes to mind but it doesn't really sound like the way it develops. Still you can't discount it.

To me it sort of sounds like poisoning, maybe a slow poisoning. Chickens have delicate respiratory systems so fumes can cause problems. Is there some source for poisonous fumes, maybe an open flame nearby? Or are chemicals stored in the area? Are you feeding them the same feed, is it contaminated? I remember something like this came up a few years back. It turned out the chicks were being fed contaminated gerbil food as a treat.

I see you are in South Carolina, thanks for that info. You might call your county extension office and see what it would take to get a necropsy. That's where an expert cuts up a dead chicken to try to determine what caused the death. Each state does it differently, some pretty inexpensive, others not so much. So ask about the cost, where you take the chick, and how you handle it. They usually want it refrigerated or packed in an ice chest but not frozen. You might consider it worth it to try to figure it out.
 
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