Something is wrong with my chicks....please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ASweetHeart, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. ASweetHeart

    ASweetHeart Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 3, 2011
    1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.)
    Mostly favorelles
    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    dull, yucky looking feathers. Pale face. Lethargic & droopy
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    It has varied with each bird
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    Switch to Game Bird feed? Too much calcium?
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    Moved to coop
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    Treat myself
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    Too dark to take one
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use


    I started moving my chicks outside a few weeks ago once it started getting really warm out. As of now, the ones in question are about 3-3 1/2 months old. They went from inside -> outside hutch -> yard with full grown chicks. I have a few mixes, 1 silkie (left), 1 cochin, favorelles and d'uccles that are in this age group.

    All the chicks were perfect and healthy until I put them outside. Not long after, one of my favorelle pullets started showing the symptoms I listed above. A few days later she died. I assummed it was because she must have eaten something bad, or I did see my roosters try to get on her. Then a week later a silkie chick had the same issues and died. I stopped mixing oystershell/grit with the flock's food.

    A favorolle roo started looking icky, but he's been running and moving. Two days ago I segregated all my little ones from the big ones. I have 3 more icky looking faverolles. The roo the was running around was flopped on his side earlier and his crop is empty. It's unlikely he'll make the night.

    Why is this mainly bothering my faverolles? Any ideas of what this is? Or how to fix? Could it be because I made the mistake of feeding a small amount of oyster shell mixed in large food bucket? Or I did switch from med. chick starter to game bird feed...could that be it? Plz help!
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia

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