Originally Posted by Dennicole
I am brand new to this forum as well as raising chickens. We moved into a home and inherited 2 hens that are living in our backyard. We decided in March to get 5 chicks. The chicks grew amazingly and we loved watching them grow. About a week ago we lost a chick while we were out of town so we didn't get to see any symptoms but our neighbor said she just couldn't walk properly and then lost the ability to hold her head up and she passed. We started doing some research and then all of a sudden 2 of our other chicks were walking funny and laying down a lot in a split like position. From my research, its seems like textbook Mareks. They still ate and drank as long as we brought the food and water to them. Two days later, Blackie died and yesterday our sweetest chick Golden Peach seemed to have paralysis in her wing and we found her dead this morning. So today we have one sick chick who has been sick for about a week and one healthy chick as well as the two healthy hens.
I love the idea of raising chicks but this has been a huge heartache to me and my family. The kids are devastated as well. Has anyone else gone through anything like this?
Thank you all!
Dennicole. I'm so sorry about all your losses. A few things. Chicken math, within one year you'll have half your flock and you will always need to add more!! because chickens are like potato chips, you can never have just one. Next quarantine any sick chicks from the "healthy" ones. If you reside in the U.S., you should contact the USDA's Veterinary Service which offers a disease diagnostic service with a veterinarian, free of charge (1-866-536-7593). Also, biosecurity is very important. Not only does that mean clean, clean, clean, that includes quarantine of new chicks from your current flock. Always wash your hands when moving from one set of chickens to another set. We also do not take on any coops or equipment that was used by any other chickens that are/were not ours - if you do, you could be taking on illnesses from someone else's flock. We just would rather not take the risk. If you can, find a vet who can assist you. If I can think of anything else, I will update you.