I posted over winter about my new neighbors, who brought in 20 something birds from several different farms and store bought. ...and decided they'd free range also, and their coop would be set 200 feet from mine, not that they had a choice, or any reason to be concerned, but. ...
I do believe (simply because there was no previous illness or exposure to other birds ) that their birds brought in coryza.
I went from 35 to 12 birds in 2 weeks, swollen eyes, retched smell, diarrhea, unbelievable amount of snot.
They lost about half their birds too,and we discussed then that my birds were a (small, but necessary) part of my income, and they'd need to be disposed of. I offered to hatch out eggs for them, and they agreed, being in the middle of the horrific event.
Now, my son tells me they have new chicks, so I warned her about reinfection, they're carriers. ..
She said her friend who raises chickens said is just ar respiratory infection and not to worry about it. ..
There gonna pen their birds and keep them. ...
So. . Do I just give up on my chickens? It's not an option to move them, and I'd have to pen them as well, I could wait, if it strikes again and kills their new birds maybe then they'll listen?
I very much like my neighbors, I'm not blaming them, but I don't want to risk putting money I don't have into rebuilding my flock only to have them get sick and die such horrible deaths again, and I need the income.