Hello, I posted a few days ago about a couple of chickens that died. I've noticed a couple sneezing as well, so I thought there was a respiratory thing going around. My first chicken died and I buried her, when the next one died about a week later, I figured I should get a necropsy. Here are the results they just emailed me:
"Feed material, especially long strands of grass, had filled the proximal small intestine and caused a blockage,
preventing proper movement of ingesta through the tract. This resulted in back-up of food in stomachs and
ongoing weight loss plus some dehydration.
If this was a free-range bird it is difficult to discourage the consumption of long grass, other than to cut it so it is
less available. The bird also appeared to have insufficient grit in the gizzard; this can lead to inadequate grinding of
feed and predispose to impaction. Ureters are dilated and filled with white urates. This material is found in cloaca and distal gastrointestinal tract. Cecal worms-1 cm long white worms are located in each cecum"
I am overjoyed this is not mycoplasma or coccidia, which is what I was thinking. But I'm still unsure of what killed my other chicken or why I am hearing them sneezing. I put electolytes and probiotics in their water. I should deworm, correct?(any suggestions on meds?), but I don't think the cecal worms are causing these other symptoms.
I've just been feeling so bad that they're getting sick. It's been wet and rainy and muddy, so I'm trying to make them happy and keep everything as clean as possible. It's not particularly cold, in the 50s. Do you think a heat lamp in their coop would be helpful? Anything else I can do?