UCD (unidentified chicken death)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by UGAchick, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. UGAchick

    UGAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 chicks that I purchased a few weeks ago from a local guy. They are about 8 or 9 weeks old now (almost fully feathered). All were doing fine until one died today. I can't figure out why and need some help. Nothing got to him and they have plenty of flock raiser and water. I don't see anything visibly wrong with him. What should I do to identify the cause? How do I protect the other 4?

    THANKS!
     
  2. Tiramisu

    Tiramisu Got Mutts

    May 3, 2008
    Milan PA
    The only thing I can think of is ..necropsy? Where you can take it to someone to examine it and see what caused its death. I have no idea where you go for that or what it costs..if it does cost anything.
     
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  3. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shouldn't they be on grower and not flock raiser? If you read the back of the bag, it shows what age to feed which type. I noticed that flock grower was not recommended for chickens (according to the chart on the bag) Maybe???
     
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  4. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    Quote:Flock Raiser can be fed to chickens, ducks, turkeys, etc at any age. I doubt that this is the cause of your problem, as the rest of them would be ill or dying.

    I am so sorry for your loss, but sometimes we just don't know what causes it. I had a 4 week old Silkie die last night from unknown causes, but the rest that were in the brooder are fine.
     
  5. chikalady

    chikalady Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't know what kind of weather you have right now but I live in Va. and it is very hot and humid here. I have heard alot of people around here are having problems with the heat killing some of their chickens. Make sure they have a way of keeping cool, shade, fresh water etc.
     

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