I am sorry to report that one of the babies looked lethargic on the evening of April 1, and by the next morning when I went to the coop I found that she had died during the night. I am completely mystified as to the cause. One thing you need to watch for in baby chicks is pasty butt - a condition that occurs in baby chicks where poop sticks to the down around their vent and can build up to the point where it forms an impermeable plug - it can be fatal and is easily avoided simply by washing the poop off their down. This chick did not suffer from that and as a matter of fact showed no outward appearance of any problem. Baby chicks can simply mysteriously die, and that's where I am at with this one. I've been worried that this baby died of something potentially infectious, but time has passed and the others continue to be happy and healthy, so I would like to think that I am out of the woods for an infectious disease.
Meanwhile the chicks have been christened. I would like to introduce Bonnie, Marissa, Nicky, and Paulette! They are a week and a day old now - notice how they're already getting little wing feathers!
|Courtney & Babies - 8 days old|