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Within 8 hours chick started gasping and died. What needs to change

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by HeatherLynn, May 20, 2010.

  1. HeatherLynn

    HeatherLynn Songster

    May 11, 2009
    Kentucky, Cecilia
    ok I don't know what happened but I know I lost a little polish chick. I can find nothing visibly wrong with it. It was active, eating, drinking, playing as of midnight. 8 hours later it is gasping and jerking its head backwards in my hand and died. My teenage silkie chick was in with them. I had to serparate him from his nests mates because the roo chicks were being too pushy. seemed like a reasonable thing to do. All of these are still in confinement. I bought them all at the same place just a few weeks apart.

    No one else is showing any signs of this. no pasty butts, that I can tell no crop issues, no drainage, no sneezing,

    The only thing different from the other chicks I have raised is these all seem to sleep all sprawled out instead of clustering. And its not too hot. they do this under the light. there are parts to get away from the head. fresh water and tons of food avail.

    Any clue what happened. Any clue how I can prevent it.
    Last edited: May 20, 2010
  2. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    I've never experienced that so I hope someone else can chime in, but to me it sounds like a seizure of some sort...if there are no visible signs of sickness, it's really hard to tell what it could be. [​IMG] that the rest will be fine.
  3. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Crowing

    Apr 19, 2009
    If they're sprawling out it could, in fact, be too hot. The thermometer is a guide, not an authority, on heat. Let your chicks be your guide. I like to see them gently nestled together when sleeping, not piled and not sprawled.

    That said, these things do sometimes "just happen" and there is nothing you can do. Life is, especially in chicks, fragile. Not every one is going to make it. If there was no signs of illness and their environment is suitable I'd just chalk it up to Mother Nature and keep on keeping on.

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