I'm not sure if this is where I need to ask or under diseases.
I lost my welsummer rooster last Thursday, I seen that he was hanging in the barn and not in the coop at night and was breathing a little heavy. I know he got into it with my other rooster, who was the beta rooster, about Sunday of that week. Thursday I went out to close them up and I could not find him. I found him Friday morning and took care of him.
Well Sunday before I went to work my roosters hen(they were good friends) was standing by herself. Monday I checked her out and she looked like she might of had a pasty butt and the area was bare and I seen one mite which could be normal. She had laid me an egg earlier so I know she is not egg bound. She was lethargic and the other chickens would not let her eat. I took her aside and feed her some oatmeal and put her back in the coop. I checked on her this morning and she was sitting in the corner under the roosting area. I again checked for mites but did not see anything so I put her in a cage and gave her oatmeal and water. When I got in the house I san mites on me. It is Still making me itch and I am finding one or two here and there on me. I took wood ash out to her and cover her with it and put a bunch in the coop and nesting boxes.
I am planning on getting seven later and dusting all the chickens tonight. I am concerned that it may not be mites and something else I have lost 2 other chickens this winter (3 altogether one was old, one was 4 yrs and the rooster was 2yrs)and now I am getting concerned that maybe I have a virus
Edited by wmhatt - 3/15/16 at 10:21am