On Thursday our littlest chick began laying on her side, breathing fast, and slowly not eating and drinking as much as the others. I hand-fed her water throughout the day and tried to make her as comfortable as possible. I called my husband and had him pick up medicated chick starter and and powdered 20% corid. I believe that the chick had coccidiosis (Read more about it here: Coccidiosis: What Backyard Chicken Keepers Should Know). Unfortunately, she passed away in the evening and I was devastated. We lost another one on Saturday to the same symptoms. I feel terrible that these chicks are passing under my care. We have another one that is laying down a little more than the others, but she’s not on her side, so I am hopeful she’s just tired from fighting it off. We are changing their bedding often, providing them clean water with corid, and they are now on their medicated chick starter. I am hopeful that the other ones will pull through this outbreak.
Has anyone had any experience with this? Could this be something other than coccidiosis that I should consider treating differently? I read that chicks from larger hatcheries are usually given a vaccine for coccidiosis when they are a day old, but mine did not get vaccinated from the farm we got them from. I am trying to be as vigilant and remain as optimistic as possible.