Wasting Away in the Brooder.. Dropping like Flies

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Wolf-Kim, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got a call from a lady that bought several Dorkings and Dominique chicks from me. Her birds are about 1.5-2 months old and have grown very well to this point. Her brooder contains several breeds at various ages, the oldest are 3-4 month oldRhode Island Whites, 1.5-3 month old Dorkings, Dominiques, and 1-2 month old Australorps.

    She called me to vent a little because she is just having aweful luck with her chickens lately. Some predator has carried off all her roosters, no sign of the birds or predator feather or fur. Just gone. Even her prized Dominique "Ozzy" and the beautiful(BEAUTIFUL) Dorking sire of all my chicks.

    Well anyway, the most frustrating part is that she has chicks dropping like flies. She lost 5 Dorkings and a Dominique all in the last week. Of course these are all chicks she got from me over a month ago. She had called to see if I was having the same problem with chicks from the same batch. I haven't lost a single chick and I told her I would ask my fellow BYCers what they think is going on in her brooder.

    She says that the dead chicks have no weight to them. Almost like they aren't eating for two weeks before the finally die. The live birds in the same brooder are doing great and have good weight to them. She says she has caught a couple of chicks before they actually die and that they just "lay there".

    I'm suspecting a parasite of some kind, but I am fairly inexperienced with diseases. Could this be worms? Or is it a disease of some kind?

    It seems to be isolated to the brooder. No adult birds in her coop only 15 yards away are "wasting away" and her Wyandottes in a grow-out pen only 5 yards away are the biggest healthiest birds on the property.

    I need some advice to help her figure this out. None of my birds are suffering the same symptoms, neither have I lost anything other than day-olds this year. So I do not think it is a disease that mine have "carried" over there. It does seem odd that only the chicks she got from me are the only ones suffering(so far).

    What do ya'll think?

    -Kim
     
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  2. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coccidiosis....
     
  3. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And how would we treat that?


    Thanks by the way!
    -Kim
     
  4. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sulmet or Corid, Prefferably Sulmet if the feed contains Amprolium
     
  5. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    3 to 4 months old is awfully old in a brooder. Maybe they are chasing the younger ones off the feed.
     
  6. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hate to sound ignorant, but where would we find some Sulmet?

    Does TSC carry it?
    What is it exactly, a powder, a liquid, an injectable?

    I don't want to call her and not be able to advice her further, you know?

    -Kim
     
  7. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Hi Kim...
    I get Sulmet at my local feed store. It comes in a tall white plastic bottle, I think about 12-16 oz. You just add it per directions to their drinking water. Any time my babies start to get a sniffle, or start looking lethargic, I put a little in their water and within a day or so they're fine. [​IMG] I'm so sorry... and Dorkings, to boot! :eek:
     
  8. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The brooder is a large old rabbit hutch. I guess I would be wrong calling it a brooder, it would probably be considered more of a grow out pen. It is outside and about 10' X 3'.

    The Dorkings aren't the youngest in the brooder, which is why I don't think it is a problem of not be "able" to eat because of the older ones. The dorkings were the "middle aged" chicks and she hasn't had any problem with the Australorps which are a week or two younger than everyone else.

    -Kim
     
  9. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mrs. AK-Bird-Brain :

    Hi Kim...
    I get Sulmet at my local feed store. It comes in a tall white plastic bottle, I think about 12-16 oz. You just add it per directions to their drinking water. Any time my babies start to get a sniffle, or start looking lethargic, I put a little in their water and within a day or so they're fine. [​IMG] I'm so sorry... and Dorkings, to boot! :eek:

    Thanks! I call her and let her know right away..

    Yeah, they were her Dorkings and then the coons or some other predator carried off Rocky the Dorking sire we shared between the two of us. Good thing I still have so many little ones. I'll be able to give her a cockerel to take the place of his father once she gets that old fox or coon.

    -Kim​
     
  10. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    That's not a brooder. It is a pen. It's as big as my chicken run.

    Sorry to hear this is happening. I think they must have coccidiosis, too. [​IMG]
     

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