Two Chicks Dead - One Lethargic

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

  1. RCCheshire

    RCCheshire Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 15, 2016
    Southeast Missouri
    This morning I went to let my chickens out. They free roam throught the day. I have three chicks approximately 10 weeks old. They stay in a separate hen house at night than the rest of the flock. Well today I went out and two of them were dead and the remaining chick was very lethargic, a bright red comb and eyes swollen. My first throught was the temperature but it barely got below 40 last night. I examined the rest of the flock and everyone else looks okay.

    Does anyone know what could have happened and if the rest of my flock is in danger? My heart is broken as these are the first babies we have raised from day old. :( Please help if you have any information.

    Thanks in advance.

    UPDATE: My husband thinks that they may have followed one of the workers into the shop and pecked on mouse poison. He is checking when he gets home. :(
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2016
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I'm sure it wasn't temperature at 10 weeks.
    How did the stool look?
    My first thought is if they just recently started foraging they may have gotten too heavy of a dose of coccidia oocysts.
    Your best bet would be to send one or both to the Mizzou poultry lab for necropsy and lab work. That way, you'll know how to treat the lethargic one and if your other birds are at risk.


    Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
    University of Missouri
    810 E. Campus Loop
    Columbia, Missouri 65211-0001
    Phone: 573-882-6811


    Missouri Department of Agriculture Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
    701 North Miller Avenue
    Springfield, Missouri 65802-6460
    Phone: 417-895-6861

    If you call them, they'll send you a FedEx express mail label at their reduced corporate rate.
    You don't even have to pay for the shipping till the necropsy bill comes to you.
  3. RCCheshire

    RCCheshire Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 15, 2016
    Southeast Missouri
    Thank you! They have been foraging under supervision for a couple weeks. The last week we have left their run door open to go in and out as they please. I didn't spend much time with them yesterday and my husband let them out yesterday morning. We had a carpenter over doing some work in the backyard, but other than that it was a normal day for them. But the day before that everything was completely normal. :(

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