Hello! Tell me, please, I have 7-8 weeks old chickens, bought 6 week 35 pieces, from that time 6 chickens died (at first the paws refuse, then they twist the neck, and the whole body, so that it throws it to the side, and there is no appetite) . Air seems to be enough, heat too, are in the greenhouse with the doors open, there is no draft, it is also well protected from the sun. We feed by the fact that on ptaho-farm. For 2-3 days she gave antibiotics, but they die as well, now she took vitamins. What do you think? (Olga)
The symptoms you describe may seem like a manifestation of a serious viral illness to many. But it is not. Otherwise, there would be more symptoms of a more severe nature. Most likely, your chicks have an acute shortage of B vitamins. For example, B1 deficiency or polyneuritis, as well as similar symptoms may be due to a lack of B2 and with white muscle disease.
Polyneuritis or vitamin B1 deficiency
This disease disrupts metabolic processes in the body of the bird, and also provokes problems of the nervous system. Because of this, there is paralysis and drooping of the head. For treatment, it is necessary to add vitamin B1 in the amount of 25 to 50 mg per head for 3 days. For prevention in the diet of chickens should be yeast, bran, fish meal, whey.For the prevention of vitamin A deficiency, it is necessary to add artificial riboflavin to the feed, as well as fermented milk waste, germinated grain, alfalfa flour.
White muscle disease
This disease is also associated with metabolic disorders and causes abnormalities in the work of the stomach and heart. For treatment, it is advisable to use sodium selenite along with vitamin E. And for prevention, add iodine, manganese, and cobalt to feed. Best of all, of course, buy mineral-vitamin premix of good quality.