Week old baby chick dead

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kimbo1293, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. kimbo1293

    kimbo1293 New Egg

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    I have numerous week old baby chicks. Everyone was fine when we went to bed last night. Woke up this morning and one is dead. Any ideas?
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Could it have gotten chilled?

    Did you notice any marks or injuries on it?

    Sometimes, this does happen, and you never figure out what went wrong. Could have been something internal that didn't develop properly.

    Everything OK with all the others then? Poop looking OK? Are they eating and drinking and active?

    I'm just trying to think of things to look for......

    Sharon
     
  3. Keepin A Breast

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    How many is numerous? What is the setup like? Sometimes if there a many chicks that get chilled they will all go to the portion of the brooder with the light and one or two chicks can get smothered? How many lights do you have? Is the light situated in the center of the brooder or a corner?
     
  4. kimbo1293

    kimbo1293 New Egg

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    There were no obvious injuries. All the others seem to be doing fine. They are eating, drinking, and running around. I have one little one that must be a day or two younger or is just a run that we have been keeping an eye on, but the one that died was not the little one.

    We have 28 chicks. They are indoors in a cardboard box. The vox is about 2 1/2 feet wide by 6 feet long. The light is at one end and the temp at the light stays around 95 degrees. The last few days the chicks have been sleeping at the end of the box away from the light. The chick that was dead was in the middle of the box when we found it this morning.
     
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Sounds like your brooder is set up just fine. I think it was probably one of those random, unexplainable deaths.

    So sorry you lost a chick,
    Sharon
     
  6. Keepin A Breast

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    I agree with Sharon, your setup is good and if the chick was in the middle, well who knows? I am sorry about your chick, I think that is the hardest thing when one dies and you just don't know why!
     

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