: My Double Laced Barnvelder chicks have been interesting
so far, compared to the other breeds I've started. I'm wondering
if anyone else has experienced some of the things I've encountered
and what they've done to resolve it, if anything.
I first got my DLB day old chicks I lost the first one within
a couple of days. The one I lost exhibited extreme gasping and
when it drank it would stand on its tippy toes much longer than
normal to get the water down. About a week and a half ago one
of my DLB chicks seemed to be sick. It was fluffed up and had
labored breathing. I went online to see if there was any diseases
that matched the symptoms. What I found was that all the other
diseases that exhibited labored breathing also included discharge
from the nose and eyes. Mine didn't have that. The only one that
seemed to match was what they call brooder pneumonia. A fungal
respiratory infection called Aspregillosis which is caused by
mold contamination in food and/or water. This didn't make sense
to me since that was the only one having the symptoms and it is
supposed to have a high mortality rate. I thought for sure the
chick wouldn't make it but she is still alive and no longer gasping.
However, at times I see her hunker down and have faster, deeper
respiratory cycles than any other chick I have so far raised.
I thought that it might be possible that it has some kind of internal
defect but it is seeming to do fine. Don't really know what to
make of it. It'll be interesting to see if anyone with DLB's has
had something similar happen to them. I have also noticed that
they don't seem to be as good eaters as the other breeds. The
other chicks always had full bellies, where I could feel that
they have been eating. Even though the food disappears I can't
seem to see or feel a full crop... I think that is weird. I am
by no means an experienced or expert chicken person, but they
seem to be different than the other breeds. I have since integrated
the DBL chicks into the other chick flock. All the other breeds
I have integrated have acclimated within 2-3 days - meaning they
stopped huddling together and started mixing with the other chicks.
These guys still are huddling together even when I let them have
their outside time.