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PaulPike

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Are you sure about the accuracy of your thermometer? How active are they? They should be contentedly peeping, eating/drinking and napping throughout the day. They motor around quite a bit.

I would want the area where the food and water were kept at ambient temperature.

Have you considered investing in a brooder plate? That or a Momma Heating Pad are far better as heat sources for chicks, consume far less electricity, are no where near the fire hazard that a heat lamp is and chicks rarely, if ever, get pasty butt using them.
They are very active, I was actually going to get a brooder plate today, since I read really good reviews that they are way better than the heat light.

thank you for to advice!
 

PaulPike

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The weak chick just passed in my hand. I wasn't sure if she was weak but she was sleeping a lot. I tried to give a room temp yolk like Meyer suggested, ate a little, but not much. Also tried getting water down, took a few sips but never went constantly back.

I came home today and she was laying down while all the other chicks ran around happy. I picked her up and she was labored breathing. After about give minutes of holding her, trying to her to get some water, she twitched and died.

Maybe if I had Save-A-Chick she would have made it.
 

janiedoe

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The weak chick just passed in my hand. I wasn't sure if she was weak but she was sleeping a lot. I tried to give a room temp yolk like Meyer suggested, ate a little, but not much. Also tried getting water down, took a few sips but never went constantly back.

I came home today and she was laying down while all the other chicks ran around happy. I picked her up and she was labored breathing. After about give minutes of holding her, trying to her to get some water, she twitched and died.

Maybe if I had Save-A-Chick she would have made it.
I am so sorry for your loss.
 

PaulPike

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Switched out the heat lamp to a brooder plate. Under the plate is around 90 degrees but they are all spreading their wings. Which I was told means they are hot.

Are they ok?

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Switched out the heat lamp to a brooder plate. Under the plate is around 90 degrees but they are all spreading their wings. Which I was told means they are hot.

Are they ok?

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They are just passed out. But you can raise the plate up a notch. They will also put themselves part way under the plate and part way out to regulate their heat needs.
Nice upgrade!
 

PaulPike

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May 26, 2018
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So I am getting a little upset and maybe it’s par for the course. I noticed one of the gals had pasty bum. Last night and cleared it out. Saw the bum pulsing and she pooped on me. Which was awesome because I knew it was clear.

Today she was NOT ok. Labored breathing, just like the past gal that passed. Checked her again and no pasty bum, but I knew she was critical because she looked just like the chick from the other day.

Long story short I checked her today and she was dead and foaming at the mouth.

My flock started as 8 and is now down to 5. One dying in shipping. One just a rough shipping and I assume this one was maybe I didn’t catch the pasty bum quick enough.

My frustration is I now have another bird that don’t sticking with the flock now. She also had pasty bum. Hard clump that I cleared. No poop. But she is staying under the brooder warmer.

I feel I am missing something. I got rid of the heat lamp and got the brooder radiator. The chicks now have electrolytes in their water. I have a starter chick feed.

The temp under the brooder radiator is 94 degrees.

What can I change? Loosing chicks is destroying me.
 

PaulPike

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Check to see you don't have chemical bottles in the same area as your brooder is in. Even though they are capped they will still leech out toxic fumes.

I will check, I do have some gas containers in there, I will move them to the shed. I do not smell fuel, nor have I used them since setting up the brooder, but I will do anything at this point not to lose anymore tiny gals.
 

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