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Care for flock after two chickens died

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I had to chickens get sick and die
Should I give the flock antibiotics gust in case? I can get Duramycin here locally. Any help would be appreciated this is my first time with sick chickens
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I had to chickens get sick and die
Should I give the flock antibiotics gust in case? I can get Duramycin here locally. Any help would be appreciated this is my first time with sick chickens

What were the symptoms of those birds that died? Antibiotics will not help with some diseases.
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They got lethargic then died in about 12hr the hen had a dirty but but was not stopped up. No respatory symptoms.
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They got lethargic then died in about 12hr the hen had a dirty but but was not stopped up. No respatory symptoms.

A vet is the best route, but not always possible. You can try antibiotics for intestinal infection. Be sure that what you use is for intestinal infections; not all antibiotics are the same. But again, a vet is the best option. With two birds dead it could well be something contagious.
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There are so many things it could be. If it happens again consider taking the body to your vet for a necropsy. Yes it costs, but so does lots of treatments that might not help if wrong and replacing your flock.

Hope the rest stay well!

Aussie Mum to
our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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Aussie Mum to
our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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post #6 of 8
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Everyone looks healthy but they are not laying. The weather right know is stressful right now 35-40 over night then in to the 70-80 in the day could that be what it changing their laying
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So far everyone has stayed health
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So far everyone has stayed health

That is good, but watch them carefully anyway.  Some diseases take a while before they show up.  Good luck.

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