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Lost 2 chickens this week

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One week ago I got 10 new chickens about 7-8 weeks old. They joined my 3 silkies. 2 have since died. One showed no signs of sickness or problems just was gone when I opened the coop. Now this morning I went to let them out and another is dead but yesterday was not acting normal. Sleeping in the coop while the rest were out in the yard. The first was a silkie and 2nd an EE. Any thought? I'm worried about the rest of them.
Edited by BrittanyandLola - 11/27/15 at 8:52pm
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I would get some Corid (amprollium) and start treatment for possible coccidiosis. That is the most common illness in chickens that age, and symptoms are sleepiness, hunching or puffed up posture, not eating well, and diarrhea sometimes with blood. Dosage is 2 tsp of the Corid Liquid, or 1.5 tsp of the powder per gallon of water for 5 days. Afterward, give them some poultry vitamins and probiotics in their water for a few days. Changing soil for the new ones might have been the cause.

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The way I read the post, the chickens disappeared?

There were no symptoms except one being lethargic for one day and then disappeared as well?

That isn't much to go on except predation.

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The way I read the post, the chickens disappeared?

There were no symptoms except one being lethargic for one day and then disappeared as well?

That isn't much to go on except predation.

My understanding is that they were "gone" as in died, but I may be wrong. 

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I would get some Corid (amprollium) and start treatment for possible coccidiosis. That is the most common illness in chickens that age, and symptoms are sleepiness, hunching or puffed up posture, not eating well, and diarrhea sometimes with blood. Dosage is 2 tsp of the Corid Liquid, or 1.5 tsp of the powder per gallon of water for 5 days. Afterward, give them some poultry vitamins and probiotics in their water for a few days. Changing soil for the new ones might have been the cause.

i agree

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I would get some Corid (amprollium) and start treatment for possible coccidiosis. That is the most common illness in chickens that age, and symptoms are sleepiness, hunching or puffed up posture, not eating well, and diarrhea sometimes with blood. Dosage is 2 tsp of the Corid Liquid, or 1.5 tsp of the powder per gallon of water for 5 days. Afterward, give them some poultry vitamins and probiotics in their water for a few days. Changing soil for the new ones might have been the cause.
this does sound like it. Thank you very much!
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My understanding is that they were "gone" as in died, but I may be wrong. 
yes died. Sorry.
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When chickens die in short order with similar symptoms, it is time for lab work, not guesses. Here are your labs so you can send a bird for necropsy.

Illinois Department of Agriculture, Galesburg Animal Disease Laboratory

Animal Disease Lab

2100 S Lake Storey Rd

Galesburg, Illinois 61401

Phone: 309-344-2451 Fax 309-344-7358

 

University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

2001 S. Lincoln

Urbana, Illinois 61802-6199

Phone: 217-333-2123 Fax 217-244-2439

 

In the future, please quarantine new birds.

http://www.desu.edu/sites/default/files/u538/QandI_2%20pager.pdf

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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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NPIP 43-813

“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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