Sudden death of chicks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sambrianna, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. Sambrianna

    Sambrianna New Egg

    Nov 22, 2016
    Hi - I am hoping someone can help us. Either they have seen it before or could advise what we could do.

    We have hatched a few lots of chickens - so far our success rate has been pretty good. All chickens doing well, growing and going off to new homes as they get bigger. A few specials staying in our family.

    Then suddenly this morning our 2 week old chicks started to die. They were gasping then convulsing and dying within minutes.
    I rushed home to my distraught daughter to assist. We removed the ok chicks from brooder box and cleaned it immediately (was only cleaned 2 days earlier) I cleaned their water and food and everything was perfectly fine at 6am - then dying at 8am?????
    We then checked on our 2 x 5 week old chicks in another room and one of them was panting. We took them outside for fresh air and one of them died within ten minutes.

    Everything has been the same for all our babies and they were all going really well. No pasty butt, no lethargic chicks, Healthy bright looking chicks. The 5 week old one was following us around yesterday like it did every day and was pecking my hand and sitting on the edge of the box while I gave him fresh food and water this morning.

    Has anyone any idea of what happened??? I thought it must have been gas leak or something but apparently gas is fine.

    Any help would be appreciated - we are devastated!!
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC. I would smell and look at the feed for an unusual odor or mold. Have you changed light bulbs in your brooder recently? Several years ago there were posts about certain red light bulbs coated with Teflon emitting toxic odors killing chicks. Make sure your bulbs are for chicks. Another person added new water tubing to their coop, and and accidentally killed chicks with glue that joined the new water line tubing. You are smart trying to figure out what has happened. I hope that you can get to the bottom of this, and sorrry for your loss.
  3. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 True BYC Addict

    Jun 23, 2013
    Hilo, HI
    So very sorry for your losses [​IMG] I have not clue but following your thread to learn/hear what others suspect.

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