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Sick from environment or ?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jenifern, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. jenifern

    jenifern Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm hoping this is the right place to post and ask this.

    Ok so if a chick shows signs of sickness at day 2-3 after hatching (in this case a crusty closed eye, seems off balance). Most of the other hatchlings are fine. 3 are not and one died. Do you feel that it came from something in the environment after hatching or was it likely something that came with the hatching egg? I don't have these chicks but am trying to help a friend through this situation.
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I would think that it could be either thing--from the egg, or from the environment. If the eggs are dirty (due to improper handling, dirty incubator, etc.), that can certainly bring infection and cause disease. But if a chick hatches into a less-than-sanitary environment, it could come into contact with a virus/bacteria from nearby sick birds, etc. just as easily. I would recommend that, if your friend tries incubating again, that she/he thoroughly cleans and disinfects the brooder with a bleach solution or Oxine, and perhaps cleans the eggs, too. Sick birds should not be kept near the incubator or brooder, either.
     
  3. jenifern

    jenifern Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks.
    The hatching eggs were quite clean, not washed but not poopy. She is just worried that if it's something really catchy that it probably was from the person who gave her the hatching eggs and nothing they could have caught after hatching...? I'm just curious as to what is more likely.
     

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