Sickly Chicks

QueenC3

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Hi guys!
We added six barnyard mixed chicks to our flock this last week. I’m guessing they’re around 4-5 weeks. They weren’t in the greatest living conditions when we pick them up (a lot of chicks in a small area) but seemed healthy overall.

We’ve had them for 4 days and they just seem really lethargic.. not a lot of peeping, don’t move around the brooder much and feel really warm to the touch.

One chick had a orangish/red “goo?” stuck on her this evening and I’ve noticed the same substance around the brooder.
They are currently on chick starter mixed with crack corn(they were being fed corn regularly when we bought them). I’ve given them some plain yogurt, oatmeal and scrambled egg over the last 4 days in small amounts.

Ate there any natural remedies to boost their immune systems? Vitamins I should be trying??

I haven’t dealt with unhealthy chicks yet. The 19 we purchased in September were so easy to care for and have grown into great looking healthy birds.
 

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Melky

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You can use sav a chick electrolytes and probiotics for first 5 days then once a week. All they need is a good starter grower medicated feed with 18-20% protein. Offer chick grit free choice. If feeding corn separately would not as this is really just a treat and empty calories. Limit treats to 10% or less of diet. Only treats recommended would be dried mealworms ( higher protein) or greens at 4-5 weeks. They really don’t need anything else and do not need treats every day as this will only dilute their nutrition.
 

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They are currently on chick starter mixed with crack corn(they were being fed corn regularly when we bought them). I’ve given them some plain yogurt, oatmeal and scrambled egg over the last 4 days in small amounts.
Photos of the poop please :)

Since they came from less than ideal conditions, I would feed them chick starter (no mixed in corn) with a daily treat of scrambled egg. See that they have fresh plain clean water and a source of grit available (preferably crushed granite, imho) Look them over for lice and mites.

It's very possible they could be suffering from Coccidiosis. If you have a vet that can do a fecal test for you that would be great.
 

QueenC3

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Hey everyone! They have really been acting healthier the last couple of days and plreally perked up when I had them outside for a bit. I haven’t noticed anymore orange slimy poop in the brooder. Fingers crossed they’re on their way to being big fat healthy birds.

What do you recommend for treating mites?
 

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Hey everyone! They have really been acting healthier the last couple of days and plreally perked up when I had them outside for a bit. I haven’t noticed anymore orange slimy poop in the brooder. Fingers crossed they’re on their way to being big fat healthy birds.

What do you recommend for treating mites?
Glad to hear they are improving:)
To treat mites, use a Permethrin based poultry spray or dust. Treat both the birds and housing. You can find these at most feed stores, just follow the directions.

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