something wrong with my chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by pedro24, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. pedro24

    pedro24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2009
    arthur, ontario
    i have had four chicks die in the last week [​IMG] and i couldn't
    figure it out but then i noticed each one of them had something
    wrong with there eye. they wouldn't be able to open
    there eye then it would swell up and then the next day
    they were dead, we moved the last one out of the pen that
    had the rest of my birds just to make sure that it didn't happen
    again so i was just wondering if you guys knew what was happening
  2. BackToMyRoots

    BackToMyRoots Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2010
    Matthews, NC
    Oh, no, the poor chicks!

    I'm not sure about the eye swelling symptoms, but if you add more information, people might be able to help more. How old are your chicks, exactly? What are they eating and drinking? What temp is their brooder and what are you using for bedding? How is their poop? How is their energy level before & after the eyes stick closed? Did you see any discharge from their eyes or nose, hear any sneezing or coughing, or notice anything unusual about the ones that got sick? Are there any pictures of their swollen little eyes?

    If nobody is able to answer here after you add more information, I think you can erase this post and re-post this in the Emergencies/Illnesses/Injuries section, which is where the chicken health experts tend to hang out. Good luck, and I'm sorry for all of your losses!
  3. Sweetpeaswan

    Sweetpeaswan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2010
    Sounds like it could be Mycoplasmosis or Coryza...both are treated with antibiotics...the first one is tough,
    see if this link helps...,1607,7-153 hope yu can get the link to work, it will
    show you some pictures. Good luck.
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    OH, there are so many illnesses where cloudy, or goopy eyes are a symptom. I agree, you should try some antibiotics, and also, put some vitamins/electrolites in the drinking water.

    If you lose your last chick, don't be discouraged--try again! But I would get them from a different breeder, or better yet, a hatchery, because you can have them vaccinated.

    [​IMG] So sorry you've had to go through this.
  5. Jstall

    Jstall Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 4, 2010
    Gary, Texas
    Not enough information to really help you. Sanitation and ventilation are very important. Can you smell ammonia where you have the chicks.
  6. pedro24

    pedro24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2009
    arthur, ontario
    sweet pea swan i could not get the link to work
    but its ok. they have been sneezing or coughing,
    there about 2-4 months, before they get ill they are
    very energetic but when they get ill they are very lazy
    or droopy, there have been puss come out of
    there eye, the only thing i have notice is that they will
    not be able to stand or walk so i would have to set them
    over by the food and water, there bedding is just straw
    or hay there poop is fine.i dont have any pictures of the
    swelling eyes because i don't have a working camera at
    the moment but i will try to get some pics.
  7. pedro24

    pedro24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2009
    arthur, ontario
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2010

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