Chick Death.

by Simon
(Mitcham, Victoria, Australia)

We have just adopted two chicks, one black and the other yellow (leghorn). The black one died today, suspected choke on too finer saw dust. The other chick (bigger leghorn) is now chirping constantly and restless. Just wanted to know if it is just missing the other chick and do we replace it with another? Do they need to be in two's or is single chick o.k.? My six year old girl & three year old boy are also quite upset after seeing the dead chick. Hope someone can guide us. Have successfully raised two chicks three years ago but one did turn out to be a rooster and had to send it to a "FARM".

MEG: GET IT SOME COMPANY! CONSTANT CHIRPING CAN ALSO MEAN CHICK IS TOO HOT OR TOO COLD. ENSURE CONSTANT SUPPLY OF VERY CLEAN WATER. GIVE GREENS DAILY (CLIP TO EDGE OF BOX). REMOVE MANURE BUILDUP REGULARLY.

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May 15, 2011
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Amen
by: Robert Bradford

Simon, Both my Vet (Meg) and my neighbor(Marvin)
gave good advice. I do not worry so much about sawdust with mature chickens but baby chicks do not know what is safe to eat and without a Mommy to teach them it is up to us to teach and protect them just like we would a human baby. The first time we bought day old chicks from a hatchery and had to teach them what and how to drink and eat(the bugs and worms were my distasteful job). Now that those chicks are mature they are teaching their young.
Robert, SW MO, USA

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Sawdust in brooder
by: Marvin

Never use saw dust with any age chicken. It gets stuck in their craw.

You can use wood shavings - too large to eat. Simplest thing for brooder flooring? Newspaper!

Yep- Get the loner some company. It's only.

Marvin Shelley
Rural Real Estate Broker
Fayetteville, Arkansas
www.nwarkansashomeforsale.com



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