update.. Havent had time to seal up the coop (i know i know..)
so it seems that every week there is someone else with this respiratory problem. One has had it twice in the past 10 days and now she has scabs near her mouth, though also on her feet and head and i think it is from pecking.. but she still has hard time breathing, just like the other one.. She gasps for every single breath... eyes scabbed shut overnight.. just terrible..
Someone please tell me it is time to get rid of all of them... start over with chicks from a reputable place like a farm and feed store....
question is.. we have read that we should wait 30 - 60 days to let the sickness / bacteria / etc.. get away from the coop and house. get all new pine for bedding, etc etc ... so the question is, what happens if we get baby chicks and keep them in the garage and under light for the month or so? would that be enough time to let everything clear up outside?
supposably, this is an airborne based sickness and we do not want to infect our new flock. at the same time, i do not want to keep the ones we have and someone gets sick and we must toss all the eggs for 2 weeks, not knowing which eggs belong to who. Also read that with giving them Tylan50, we can not eat the eggs.. Which is the only thing that gets them better (Tylan50)..
someone please help us out.. send us in the right direction. I had plans on closing up the coop this coming weekend and we got a cold spell around here.. was 45-60 degrees the past 2 days. i really hope the coop isnt the problem, though they also were "stressed out" over the holidays with friends and family in town and the kids playing with them. that said, i have 3 little girls that are always loving on them and holding them, which they love and fall asleep sometimes. so it isnt like we just toss them into a coop and hope everything works out. The free range 6 days a week in the back yard from 8am-5pm and always have clean water and food. the bottom of the coop as seen in previous pictures.. it is open and lets a draft through.. again, hoping this isnt the problem but i seem to keep coming up with excuses for this flock.. our first.. and we dont mind giving them meds when needed but not every week to make sure they can breath properly! know what i mean?