Survival rate

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SowdersHomestead, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. SowdersHomestead

    SowdersHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Out of a batch of 15 chicks 14 arrived alive. Got them home to a warmed brooder and dipped their beaks in water w sugar and let them be. One became very lethargic. Took it and dipped it's beak in the water w sugar from time to time over the next couple hrs. until it died. Later that night two more became very lethargic and I proceeded to do the same to these two until they died.

    Is there anything else that could of been done?
    Is a 25% death rate typical? These are cornish X's bought from Meyer Hatchery.

    Thanks
     
  2. maybejoey

    maybejoey got chickenidous?

    You can give them electrolytes in there water.
     
  3. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Were they eating? Was their poop normal looking?

    I'm sorry you lost some.
     
  4. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure about what may have happened to your chickies. I have never used Meyer. I have used McMurray and received 25 live healthy white leghorns and a freebie EE. Contact Meyer and they may send you some replacements.
     
  5. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i hope not i just ordered 5 dominiques from meyers [​IMG]
     
  6. SowdersHomestead

    SowdersHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay Chicks! :

    Were they eating? Was their poop normal looking?

    I'm sorry you lost some.

    They all seemed to be active. They are all yellow and fuzzy so its difficult to know if each one was eating and drinking. I left the food out for the first three hrs so they could only have the sugar water. Droppings ranged from regular to runny.

    This is my first batch of chicks and am just trying to find out if there is something different I need to next time to have a better survival rate.​
     
  7. LilyD

    LilyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When we first brought home our Cornish X we gave them a couple of bard boiled eggs to help with the shipping shock. It really seemed to help them out.
     
  8. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got 15 chicks from meyer mid september. One was DOA and the other 14 are well and thriving. They are 4 weeks old now. I had one that had a bit of a pasty butt but I offered water with ACV from the start and the pasty butt issue was soon resolved on its own.
     

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