What happened to the little one?

minus10gmt

Chirping
Oct 4, 2019
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Big Island, Hawaii
Hi all, this is my first post, apologies if it's a bit long, it's kind of an intro too.

I've casually "raised" chickens before but was not nearly as involved as now, since I ordered my first 15 from a hatchery to have them shipped where I live, on the Big Island of Hawaii. I must have changed my mind 5 times and driven them all crazy (it's the small orders, you know!).

I believe they were hatched and shipped on the 15th, then arrived here on the 17th. They had a type of gel, Grogel, in the crate and were lively and happy on arrival. I immediately hydrated them (water with a slight touch of ACV) and then introduced the starter (organic S&P) and left out more Grogel for them. Temp at 95 degrees, fresh pine shavings. By evening I noticed this one baby Cuckoo Maran was at the water fountain constantly and trying so hard to swallow water over and over but eventually gave up and was wobbly and falling over. We used a dropper and gave some very lightly sugared water and massaged her lightly, and saw her poop a bit. Came back out a couple of hours later and did a little more. I went back to bed and she was gone by morning.

Here's the icky part - my husband wanted to see if there was something physical we could identify, so he looked (opened her carefully). Her crop was full of grain, no pasty butt, and we couldn't see anything stuck in her throat.

Simple question is, does anyone have a clue what this might have been?
 

Sagey_7878

Songster
Sep 1, 2017
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Australia
Hi all, this is my first post, apologies if it's a bit long, it's kind of an intro too.

I've casually "raised" chickens before but was not nearly as involved as now, since I ordered my first 15 from a hatchery to have them shipped where I live, on the Big Island of Hawaii. I must have changed my mind 5 times and driven them all crazy (it's the small orders, you know!).

I believe they were hatched and shipped on the 15th, then arrived here on the 17th. They had a type of gel, Grogel, in the crate and were lively and happy on arrival. I immediately hydrated them (water with a slight touch of ACV) and then introduced the starter (organic S&P) and left out more Grogel for them. Temp at 95 degrees, fresh pine shavings. By evening I noticed this one baby Cuckoo Maran was at the water fountain constantly and trying so hard to swallow water over and over but eventually gave up and was wobbly and falling over. We used a dropper and gave some very lightly sugared water and massaged her lightly, and saw her poop a bit. Came back out a couple of hours later and did a little more. I went back to bed and she was gone by morning.

Here's the icky part - my husband wanted to see if there was something physical we could identify, so he looked (opened her carefully). Her crop was full of grain, no pasty butt, and we couldn't see anything stuck in her throat.

Simple question is, does anyone have a clue what this might have been?
Unfortunately, when chicks are shipped, always one or a few die, without any reason obvious, can be from stress, dehydration or just too weak. Hope the others stay strong!
Also, :welcome.
 

minus10gmt

Chirping
Oct 4, 2019
67
150
86
Big Island, Hawaii
x2 on shipping stress. When you say grain you mean crumbles chick food right ? Not sure why you would give vinegar in their water? Sav-a-chick would be good or Grrr... cant remember the name. Its a vitamin .
Welcome to BYC
Yes it's chick starter! Sorry 'bout that. I have read that a little ACV (tiny, tiny amount) can help if you are not using medicated starter. Do you advise against this? I'm open to suggestions, I'll try to find Sav-a-chick too. Thank you for the welcome!
 

minus10gmt

Chirping
Oct 4, 2019
67
150
86
Big Island, Hawaii
Unfortunately, when chicks are shipped, always one or a few die, without any reason obvious, can be from stress, dehydration or just too weak. Hope the others stay strong!
Also, :welcome.
Thanks for the welcome and thanks for the reply. I was feeling like I might have made a mistake, but I guess I've done all I can so far!
 

bobbi-j

Crossing the Road
Mar 15, 2010
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Thank you! I was worried about angering someone or grossing them out, so glad you understand and it was very educational!
There are a lot of people who will necropsy their birds. Mostly, we're a pretty understanding bunch. If you are intentionally being offensive, that's one thing - but discussing a necropsy is not that. If someone chooses to be offended by that... well sometimes people are just looking for a reason to get upset and you can't help that. I wish you well with the rest of your chickens.
 

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