Why do my hatchlings keep dying before they have a chance to grow up?

There are a lot of reasons for this but most commonly nutrition of the hen and what the chicks are being fed may not be adequate for growth.

If these are parent-hatched and reared chicks it is critical that the diet of the chicks is something more than plain poor quality seed. Infection of the egg can also be a cause of chicks failing to grow or live.

I like to have a pre-breeding screen of the hen including culture of the feces, and evaluation of the diet. If these are incubator eggs, then all the problems associated with the incubator have to be addressed: sanitation, humidity, temperature, rocking, etc.

Answered by Cathy Johnson-Delaney, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Avian Practice, Dipl. ABVP-Exotic Companion Mammals. 


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