Hnowlin12

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We recently got our serama chicks last Thursday. We received 3 of them, all fine and well.
last night, after cleaning the brooder we noticed one of our chicks (the smallest one) was very sleepy, and lethargic. We assisted her to drinking water and she seemed to find the others to lay with. (They drink electrolyte water and eat medicated chick feed that we make sure are tiny pieces for them as they are so little)
At 3 am we woke up and noticed she was then laying on her side, gasping for air, we held her and inspected her, no pasty butt, nothing in her throat, but she seemed a little still and unable to open her eyes or lift her head. Shortly after she passed away, and drool (clear sticky goo like) came out of her mouth… :(

any ideas what this sounds like? The other two are still running around eating and seem unphased. Is there something I should do to help protect the other two so this doesn’t happen again?

picture of her so you can see how little she was (yes I know she was not for sure a she yet)

the chicks brooder is at 94.3 degrees, they eat Purina medicated chick feed, drink electrolyte water, and they get their brooder cleaned every other day. Their bedding was pine shavings and puppy pads for a few days, then moved to only puppy pads.

Thank you for any input.
 

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CaramelKittey

Crowing
Feb 15, 2019
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So sorry for your loss. I had something similar happen earlier this year. Lost one chick that had those symptoms. I put VetRX in the water but I don’t think that was necessary. What I did that I believe solved the problem was raising the heat lamp and/or providing shade. I know the temperature charts say 95 degrees Fahrenheit for day old chicks, but they don’t factor in humidity, air flow, etc. personally I would raise the heat lamp (and/or provide shade) and see if that makes a difference. After I lost the first chick, many more started to make clicking noises. After I provided shade, all stopped clicking and went back to normal. Haven’t lost any since. 😊

Hope this helps!
 

Hnowlin12

In the Brooder
Jul 12, 2021
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So sorry for your loss. I had something similar happen earlier this year. Lost one chick that had those symptoms. I put VetRX in the water but I don’t think that was necessary. What I did that I believe solved the problem was raising the heat lamp and/or providing shade. I know the temperature charts say 95 degrees Fahrenheit for day old chicks, but they don’t factor in humidity, air flow, etc. personally I would raise the heat lamp (and/or provide shade) and see if that makes a difference. After I lost the first chick, many more started to make clicking noises. After I provided shade, all stopped clicking and went back to normal. Haven’t lost any since. 😊

Hope this helps!
Thank you for this! They have a mini “hut” that they run under from time to time. I’ve noticed them sleeping in there more. The temp is measured just under the lamp, they are in a fairly large bin that allows them plenty of space to move away from heat if needed.
 

CaramelKittey

Crowing
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This is an odd thought, but when you put them in, were they trying to eat the pine shavings? I initially thought this was the case with my chick (I saw them all eating them :barnie) but since the clicking stopped when I added shade, I disregarded it.
 

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