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Sick chicks
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red    Posted 05-20-2003 at 20:21:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We just bought chicks - araucanas, barred rocks and light brahmas. Have had them for 3 days, so far lost one light brahma per day. They are in the same building as older hens, but separated from old flock. Appear to be eating, drinking, plenty of space and dead a few hours later. Very clean space. Any ideas as to what's going on?


J Wolf    Posted 04-12-2004 at 09:31:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi, I was just reading about you having sick chicks and I bought 50 broilers about 9 days ago and I have already lost 5.... I don't know what could be wrong. please help , thanks


Tom A    Posted 05-21-2003 at 02:35:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Red:

First thing I'd do is carefully re-dip all their beaks in their water. They're at the age where dehydration would get them if they aren't drinking, and I've found that not all the chicks "get the message" the first time you dip their beaks in water. All the ones who are going to die may have already, but why take the chance? In a case like that, I'd remove them all from the brooder into a cardboard box, and then take them one at a time back into the brooder, dip their beak in their waterer so they see where it is and drink...usually there's a couple that will act like "ooooh, this is what I wanted," and drink lots. Takes a little while, but you really shouldn't be seeing losses like that.

good luck,
Tom


Jimbob    Posted 05-21-2003 at 15:07:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I receive new chicks, I place them in one of those childs plastic 'wading' pools elevated about 2 feet off of the floor in our garage. When the chicks gets larger, I have a 3 foot high wall I attach. I place paper down, changes twice a day & use two heat lamps. I keep the temperature about 98 degrees for 3 days, then lower the temperature 1 degree per day until it reaches 90 degrees. A light dimmer works great for adjusting the temperature. After 10 days, the chicks are transferred to the chicken house. I keep the heat lamp on in the chicken house for a week, but the chickens really do not need it even if the overnight temp drops to say 55F. We also use two large water stations & a feeder tray. I start the chicks with a pack of vitamins & electrolyte solution in the water for 3-4 days.
I rarely lose a chick, not even one of 100. However, one can receive sick chicks to begin with.


Tom A    Posted 05-22-2003 at 02:54:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's just about exactly what the wife does (she's the chick guru at our place). Only difference is instead of a kiddy pool we got a metal stock tank on closeout years ago (not sure how many gallons, but it is 2'x6'x2') that we brood the chicks in. It's a little awkward the few times we need to move it, but it keeps the cats out, is easy to clean, has other uses during the year, and lasts forever.

Tom


Jimbob    Posted 05-24-2003 at 16:12:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
The tank sounds great- yep, my wife is really the expert. She grew up on a chicken farm with four 4-story buildings. They had 10s of thousands of chickens. (Always like the gals at the chicken farm).


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