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ok thanks

post #12 of 19

It could be dozens of things. With no other symptoms, there is no way to tell without labwork.

When several chickens die in short order from an unknown, it is time for a necropsy for the benefit of the rest of your flock.

All states and provinces have a poultry lab that can do it. Some are free.

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post #13 of 19
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but none of them are having any symptoms yet since the last died so there isnt anything wrong with the poop

If all of their poop look 100% normal and they're all gaining weight, no need to treat.

-Kathy
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ok thanks for your help

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we were going to take the body of the last one that died somewhere to check for disease

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we were going to take the body of the last one that died somewhere to check for disease

See if there is a lab near you:
https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahln/downloads/all_nahln_lab_list.pdf

-Kathy
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three of our chickens died this last month. one of them was a rooster and they were all healthy and young. the rooster stopped crowing and had droopy wings. the hens never made noise and had their wings droop too.they wouldn't move around too. we sanitized the whole coop and run with bleach water and gave their feets baths in apple cider vinegar water because i read that diseases could be passed thru stuff on their feet. i would really appreciate any thoughts on what it might be.

We are experiencing the same situation. 2 hens died 6-8 weeks ago. We sanitized the coop. All seemed fine but our flock of 16 essentially stopped laying. 1 egg per day. And anothe hen was dead this morning. hmm.png
post #18 of 19

Check the lab list Casportpony gave the link to. Contact them to see how they want a bird sent. If you have any exhibiting symptoms, results are more conclusive if you send a live bird but a freshly dead one will work but you have to act fast. Be ready if you lose another.

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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We are experiencing the same situation. 2 hens died 6-8 weeks ago. We sanitized the coop. All seemed fine but our flock of 16 essentially stopped laying. 1 egg per day. And anothe hen was dead this morning. hmm.png

Cocci lives in the soil.  You can clean the coop as many times as you like, but it is in your dirt.  Chickens eventually grow immune to it, unless some condition changes that causes an over growth of it.  The year my birds got it the weather had been particularly wet, which was the likely culprit to a sudden increase in cocci.  One morning I opened my coop and thought a murder had taken place.  Blood everywhere.  After a quick head count, I looked a little closer and realized the blood was in their stools.  No guesswork necessary to establish they had cocci.

 

If your birds are over a year old they could be going through a molt.  It's that magical time of year.  Even mini-molts will cause a drastic reduction in laying.

 

ETA- I would send the dead bird in for necropsy.


Edited by CMV - 11/11/15 at 6:04am
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