sick baby chicks 5days to 5 weeks sneezing &ruffled feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dawn123, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. dawn123

    dawn123 Hatching

    Aug 7, 2007
    I have 20 baby chicks ranging from 5days to 5weeks sneezing and ruffled feathers are staring to show in most of them light brahma,deleware.silkie,mix variety. What do you think they might have and what should I do. Should I start Terramycin and what is the dose per gallon? Please help me I dont want to loose them.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Tell us more about your brooder set up, such as size, temps, type of bedding and so on. They are not all in the same brooder are they? Since size differences can be an issue along with temp differences that are required at each age. Is it possible that anyone got chilled in the weather lately? What about new bedding? Has that been changed?

    I personally would not administer an antibiotics unless there is a high risk of infection or a confirmed infection, else you'll be encouraging the growth of resistant bacteria, which the antibiotics will not work against the second time around.
  3. dawn123

    dawn123 Hatching

    Aug 7, 2007
    Thae are all in the same container. I usud a large dog crate and it is split in half. The temp on one side is heated at 85 the other 70. The container in in the house. I use newspaper and on one side a couple handfulls of white chips. I clean it 2x a day. what do you think i should do?
  4. pepperluvsmee

    pepperluvsmee Songster

    Feb 2, 2008
    Seven Valleys, Pa
    Good Luck.
  5. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    are you giving med starter?

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