Subsequently, what to do if chicks are dying?
Correspondingly, what is mushy chick disease?
(Navel Ill, “Mushy Chick” Disease, Yolk Sac Infection)
Omphalitis is a noncontagious infection of the navel and/or yolk sac in young poultry. It is more likely in unclean environments, which allow opportunistic bacterial infection.
Why are my week old chicks dying?
Many chick deaths occur because their vents have become plugged up with dried poo and they can no longer eliminate. Low brooder temperature can also lead to deaths in young chicks. If they are too cool, they can become chilled and develop pneumonia. Chicks that huddle together can ultimately smother the weaker ones.
There are many other things that can cause death to chicks. Some birds die from failure to thrive or chick sudden death syndrome. Deaths could come from heart failure, stroke, fright, malnutrition, suffocation, bullying or predators.
If a chick died of a chronic problem, they may appear smaller than the rest of the chicks, have reduced muscle mass, shrunken combs and dried out skin. Alternatively, if the chick died suddenly, the dead chick typically has normal size and muscle mass.