I have had so much "bad luck" with chickens! Ugh! I just had another bird die on me. This one was looking listless this morning when I did chores. I separated it fromt eh rest this morning, put some Vi-Tal (from Orscheln's) in its water, as well as a bit of antibiotic, and then gave it a drop of peppermint oil. Danz recommended oregano oil, but I didn't have any, so I used what I had. By lunch time, the bird was dead. Other than listlessness, the only sign of sickness was a bit of a web bum, probably from diarrhea. This bird was 7 weeks old. I have no idea what was wrong with it. It's rather discouraging to have lost another bird. That's 9 or 10 that I've lost since I first received them in the mail out of 49 total birds. That is NOT good odds! ugh! I'm not sure how long I'll stick with chickens after this year (my first year with chickens). Ducks and geese are SO MUCH easier! I like the different personalities in the chickens and the fact that they eat different stuff than the ducks/geese. I also like that I can put them on nipple waterers instead of the big mess the waterfowl make with their water, but the ease of losing a bird is a big con. My emotions can't take this (pregnancy hormones might have a little something to do with that)!
Anyone else have a rough first year with birds?