We got our original 3 pullets (at 10 weeks old) from the same person who raises her own. Ginger came from a Craigslist ad and he had gotten his from Tractor Supply. The original 3 were two Silver Laced Wyandotte's and the white Leghorn. Tammy (Wyandotte got a lump growing on the left side od her waddle. I took her to a vet and he drew fluid out of it (I didn't like the way he treated her so I didn't take her back), put her on an antibiotic but it never got better. She developed wry neck after that and I hand fed her and treated her as best as I could for two weeks in our spare bath tub (the chicken triage!). I figured after that that it wasn't fair to her or us to go on so I had her euthanized and a necropsy done. Didn't come back with anything conclusive so he called it Avian Luekosis (something like that).
With Maryanne (Wyandotte), she just look odd one day and at evening time when I "tuck them in" and close the run, she was outside on the ground. We put her in a large box in the garage and by morning I could tell she wasn't going to last long and she died later that day.
Mrs. Howell (you can tell my age by names from Gilligan's Island and Brady Bunch) was several months later and she got slow, droopy comb, off balance. We again put her in the bath tub and tried to nurse her for about two weeks as well. She went down hill and we did the same, euthanized and necropsy. Again, nothing conclusive. I wondered since all three came from the same person if it was something in the breeding.
Ginger is the only original one left. She is awesome though. Very friendly and funny.
L to R: Jan, Marcia, Cindy
Edited by Julia62 - 12/13/16 at 9:24pm