Seven to eight week old chicks acting sick. Please help as soon as possible.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Yrovel, Feb 28, 2017.

  1. Yrovel

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    Hello, this is my first post. So I hope I'm not messing up.
    I've been raising around two dozen Ameraucanas and having some "issues". They're all around seven to eight weeks old now.
    Last night, I noticed one of them was being a bit slow. However all of the other chicks were acting healthy.
    However. Today, I found her and another chick laying on their sides, I'd also found a different chick, that acted completely healthy just a few hours beforehand, dead. The two living ones were not caring whenever the other chicks would walk over them or peck at them.
    So, I've removed them from the cage that the others are in. However, their crops are seemingly empty and they're not eating or drinking whenever I put them by the food or water containers that I have for them.
    So, I'm really unsure on what I can do for these two. And I'm worried that if it is some sickness, the others might catch it also.
     
  2. Jessimom

    Jessimom Cats Rule Dogs Drool

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    Do you see any bloody poop?

    Most common is coccoidiosis. I treated mine with Corrid - 2 recovered, 3 died and the 24 other chicks never showed signs, but I treated the water with Corrid for about a week.

    Good luck!!
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Pictures of the brooder setup? Have they been exposed to soil yet?
     
  4. Yrovel

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    It's runny, but I don't see any blood.
    I don't have anything to take pictures with right now. It's pretty decently sized and they've got room to run around.
    I also take them outside to walk around at times, just so they know what it's like. however it's been storming lately and I haven't been able to because of that.
     
  5. Yrovel

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    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Exact measurements of 'decent' size and number of chicks total? Heat lamp? Ambient temp of the brooder?
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Coccidia usually takes a few days to kill, not hours. The rapid deterioration usually points to overheating.
     
  8. Yrovel

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    8' by 8 feet.(Which I thought was decent. I do hope it's considered that. If not I can start making it bigger if I need to.) There's 22 chicks as of now and there is a head lamp in the corner of it which is around two or so feet off the ground. Room temperature is usually 72 degrees and has an opened window to it when it's not raining. However, I haven't checked what the temperature of the head lamp is. I really should have, but I might've...forgotten to.
     
  9. Eggcessive

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    You shouldn't need a heat lamp at this age, since they should be fully feathered. Have they been avoiding the heat lamp like they were hot? Runny poops and refusing food are signs of coccidiosis. Go get Corid right away at your feed store, and start treatment right away for coccidiosis. It comes in liquid and powder packets. Mix 2 tsp of the liquid or 1 1/2 tsp of the powder in a gallon of water, changed daily for 5-7 days. Keep your brooder clean and dry. It won't make a difference if they are also on medicated feed-- it's the same medicine, but much stronger. If they won't drink, dip their beaks.
     
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