That sounds like a respiratory illness, the Tylan will handle that like danz said. That's what I always use if I have anything respiratory.
I have to admire people who put so much work into a rental property. Normally they tend to destroy property rather than improve it.
If it's an older chicken it probably has caught some kind of respiratory thing. You bought Tylan didn't you? Make sure it's not an allergy and if not give it tylan again. You are really getting an experience here. So have you considered going to college and becoming a vet who also treats birds? You are a perfect example of why we need some around here. Your own experience would help you become a success. I know it's a few years off but you should consider it.
So I got a message today while I was gone that 15 Speckled Sussex I sold were all roosters. These were picked up and hatched in January. I just sold them straight run. There is no way that could be the case because I accidentally gave them a partridge orpington in place of a sussex and the picture I saw at about 6 weeks proved it was a female. I swear I try so hard to breed the best and do every thing honest and by the book. But yet I still end up with people who say things like that. I have never cheated any one or misrepresented what I sold. I just don't see how the luck of the draw could result in 15 chicks hatched at the same time being all roosters.
I'm about to give up.
People know I will make anything right so sometimes I think they take advantage of me. Kind of like stealing livestock in a different way.
danz I'm so sorry you have been having problems with jerks lately, that's what they are. I see no way anyone could get that many roosters at one time. You usually end up with about 50/50 at most.
Almost forgot to add... I've heard that chickens will go after mice... Is that only certain breeds or ages of chickens? I found a mouse in my (empty) duck food barrel this morning. I trapped it in a can and put my gloved hand over it so I could carry ti to the chickens. I released it for the chickens, and they all ran AWAY from it... My DH didn't believe me that chickens will eat mice, and my birds just reinforced his idea when they were scared of the silly mouse. ARe they just too young (7 weeks)? Do I have all the wrong breeds or something? I thought it would be a neat treat for them, but instead I just let a mouse run loose in my coop. GRR! Crazy birds anyhow!
Yeah your chickens are too young yet. My grown chickens sure will go after mice & even fight over them. I had a nest of them underneath an igloo dog house I moved & some ran into the pen right next to there & they were goners immediately. I have seen my cats catch a mouse & the chickens see them playing with it & grab it & run off leaving the cat sitting there thinking what the heck just happened.
I have had my young chicks I moved to the brooders out in the growout pen for about 3 days & nights now. I have had to go out every night at dark to move them into the dog houses. They go in & out of them during the day but still haven't figured out they can sleep in them. I just go out & divide them up between the two dog houses & they will stay in there as long as it is dark outside. The silly things will make a big pile right outside the one dog house instead of going in. I hope they learn soon because one of these nights it will rain & they're going to get soaked because they lay right by the fence. I do have a tarp on half of the top of the pen but being where they lay they still could get wet.
Prairie I sure hope they find out who is taking baby animals, that is just cruel besides the monetary loss for a tiny baby to be taken from their mom.