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two day old leghorn chicks dying

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jober, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. Jober

    Jober Hatching

    Dec 13, 2015
    We have 50 baby chicks picked up from the mail on Friday. 20 are leghorns. They all did good for the first day and then last night we lost 7 leghorns. No idea why. They have an appropriate size pen with red bulb heat lamps on each end and food/water in the middle. They all appeared to be drinking water with electrolytes in it. The other breeds (orpington, Americana and RI reds are fine). Any suggestions on what we need to change to save the leghorns. They are my son's chicks and he is worried he will lose all the leghorns.

  2. Toddrick

    Toddrick Songster

    Sep 28, 2014
    Post a picture of your setup. Two heat lamps might be a problem if they are too close together. They should be able to escape the heat so usually the heat lamp is at one end only. Even at the farm stores where they sell chicks they have only one lamp and those bins are huge pig troughs.
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2017

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