New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

What to do next?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

We are having a terrible first time experience with raising backyard chickens.  Spent lots of time and effort setting up a coop and raising 3 chicks.

 

First issue we encountered was that 1 of the 3 turns out to be a rooster.  Found him a new home, but wanted a larger flock than just 2.  So went back to the local chicken shop and picked up 2 hens that were about 3 months old to add to the flock.

 

Then, one by one, we have had chickens get off-balance, lethargic and ultimately die.  Almost like clock work each week, one more would get it after the prior one passed.  We took the first one to the vet and it was determined she had an "infection" (not determined whether viral or bacterial), but the antibiotics did not save her.  The second one died before we could even get her to a vet.  The 3rd we immediately started on the remaining antibiotics left over from the 1st, but she died after appearing to make a rally.

 

So now down to 1 hen who so far is not appearing to be sick (although it has only been a few days since the last death). 

 

My question - what to do if she lives?  Is it cruel to keep her alone?  Can we ever consider introducing more birds or is she carrying something that will infect future mates?

 

Thanks for any advice.

post #2 of 5

Sorry to hear your rocky start.     I would keep this hen alone for a while and if she still lives, get more chickens again.    DON'T be worried that she will be lonely... Life is not fair.    If this hen does die, then disinfect total coop and run and try again with a new batch.. Maybe get some birds from a different supplier . 

 

WISHING YOU BEST AND :welcome

post #3 of 5

:welcome  Sorry for the situation.  I agree with the previous poster - do not add any birds at the present time.  If you do add birds in the future, buy from a breeder not the 'local chicken shop' or auction.  The number of birds from varying sources almost guarantees that many will be exposed, become ill, and die.

Friends are the family you make for yourself.
There are no coincidences- only providences.
Reply
Friends are the family you make for yourself.
There are no coincidences- only providences.
Reply
post #4 of 5
Maybe the supplier just awear of this.
3 red comets and 2 barred rocks
Reply
3 red comets and 2 barred rocks
Reply
post #5 of 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shoreline View Post
 

We are having a terrible first time experience with raising backyard chickens.  Spent lots of time and effort setting up a coop and raising 3 chicks.

 

First issue we encountered was that 1 of the 3 turns out to be a rooster.  Found him a new home, but wanted a larger flock than just 2.  So went back to the local chicken shop and picked up 2 hens that were about 3 months old to add to the flock.

 

Then, one by one, we have had chickens get off-balance, lethargic and ultimately die.  Almost like clock work each week, one more would get it after the prior one passed.  We took the first one to the vet and it was determined she had an "infection" (not determined whether viral or bacterial), but the antibiotics did not save her.  The second one died before we could even get her to a vet.  The 3rd we immediately started on the remaining antibiotics left over from the 1st, but she died after appearing to make a rally.

 

So now down to 1 hen who so far is not appearing to be sick (although it has only been a few days since the last death). 

 

My question - what to do if she lives?  Is it cruel to keep her alone?  Can we ever consider introducing more birds or is she carrying something that will infect future mates?

 

Thanks for any advice.

Sounds like it could be Mareks...sending bird for necropsy(state labs can do this) is only way to know for sure.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home