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Serious Peep Problem and Crooked Duck
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EIEIO    Posted 10-30-2002 at 04:33:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had my seven peeps hatch out. One I knew was not going to make it which sad to say he didn't. But yesterday in the brooder one of the "healthy" ones was dead. I have them in a brooder, enough heat (thermometer is in there), large enough for them to get away from the heat, water, chicken starter. I did use shredded paper which I am changing today for cedar sawdust that we get at the coop. I think it is cedar, Dennis buys it because he knows what to buy. When I cleaned everything this morning I noticed another little peep that doesn't look too good in the walking department, she is pretty unsteady on her feet. What am I doing wrong? The last day-old chicks I raised everything went great, well sorta I lost three out of 25, they were bought from a hatchery. Please help. I looked into the "Poultry Connection", site but this board is always more help because you usually know the problem immediately.

Also my crooked duck is doing great, growing like crazy, keeping up with the other two in the eating, drinking, and pooping department. She is even walking straighter although her neck is still crooked. What a site though!!

Baby Duck    Posted 10-30-2002 at 12:35:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cedar Shavings are toxic to birds. They'ye right. A plain pad of news paper that you change every day is good. If you have to use something in with them use fine pine shavings or pine straw. Chicks have a difficult time moving through thick ground bedding and wet material can stick to their feet If it's warm enough a chick will sleep anywhere and thick bedding of sawdust can suffocate them in their sleep. We finally gave up on bedding material and used sandbox sand. We could scoop out poop just like a litter box, the lamp warmed it, it's cleaner and we found it smells less and they had fun scratching in it. When a yard hen hatches out a chick she'll just scoop out a hollow in the ground to set on them when they rest during the day so they seem to do well with sand and dirt.
Great to hear about the duck, the gosling didn't make it.

EIEIO-Baby Duck and Everyone    Posted 10-30-2002 at 13:33:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I m so sorry to hear about the gosling, I am sure your daughter is quite upset. I am going to take the newpaper route as suggested. That is why I love this board, as crazy as some of them get when it comes down to the nitty gritty of a critter, farm, machinery, etc. problem, there is always a very down to earth, not having to spend lotsa of money answer. Dennis said it was pine shavings. Anyway I went to the little store in town and loaded up their "Penny Saver" papers and will use that. We only get the Sunday paper here and I shred that up for the inside kitty litter box. It really isn't that thick of a paper for them plus the chicks. The people at the store know I took the "Penny Saver", a new issue comes out tomorrow.

Thanks everyone

Tom A    Posted 10-30-2002 at 05:48:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Not sayin for sure this is it, but the times we've had similar "disoriented" or "wobbly" chicks it was dehydration...a few had 'forgotten' where the water was. Take each on individually and dip its beak in the water until you are sure it is drinking. The keep an eye on them to make sure they don't forget.

I second LH's warning about cedar, have seen many warnings against it especially with very small critters.

good luck,

EIEIO    Posted 10-30-2002 at 05:56:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I will check with Dennis to see if it is cedar we use. Also the healthy one died with half of his body in the water dish. I put marbles in there so they don't drown, but I did go in and show the wobbly peep where the water is like you said. Now I had better check their rear ends. Thanks for the tips.

LH    Posted 10-30-2002 at 05:07:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
EI be careul using cedar chips. The oil in cedar causes allergic reactions in some critters, and he cedar odor can overwhelm them as well. Other than that the thing to watch is their backside. chicks tend to plug up pretty easily. You need to amke sure they don't have any feces caked on their rectum. if they d just take a warm damp cloth and gently srub it off.

EIEIO    Posted 10-30-2002 at 05:57:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Checked their backsides - all clear. Also if it is cedar what should I buy instead? Thanks

LH    Posted 10-30-2002 at 06:14:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
We just use plain newspaper (not shredded) and put a fresh sheet under them each day. Make sure you also clean your brooder regularly with a disinfectant soap to stop any bacteria from forming.

Lazy Al    Posted 10-30-2002 at 04:46:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is that Duck gonna get into politicks????

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