Originally Posted by Ksane
Nana, those test results are scary. Something I fear every day of my life. Be very thankful you have insurance. I'm sorry about Bitsy. She was so pretty and with the Cochin in her I know she was as sweet as she was pretty.
Robin, the broodys are going to sit whether they have eggs or not. The difference is if you take the eggs you won't end up with a ton of babies lol I always take their eggs and walk them outside and tell them to get some fresh air. After about 3 wks or so they finally quit sitting. I think they're programmed to sit for 21 days or something, sure seems like it.
One of my husband's 6 debeaked red stars we got at Mary's Swap last year died. He just loves those girls. The way her stomach was swelled up right before she died my guess would be internal laying. They weren't young chickens but they're sure sweet.
Thanks...The doctor wants to run the other tests...saying if they show nothing then the abnormal means nothing...if they tests confirm it, then we cross that bridge...I like his attitude.
Sorry about the loss of your husband's bird. It's nice he is involved with them too.
Originally Posted by Ksane
June, you've just got to be on Cloud 9! That's just wonderful, you've worked so hard.
Poop is normal now, was loose but they also had a lot of cow manure all over them. I'm pretty sure they were raised with a broody out somewhere which would explain a lot. And they could've been exposed to any number of a thousand things. It seems if chickens are going to make it, they're going to make and if they're not they won't. What I hate is when they're sick for months dragging it out then they finally die. I don't usually have the heart to put them out of their misery but lots of times that's what needs done, it's selfish of me to be so gutless. These 3 have been isolated from all the others, I was really surprised they made it til the next day the night I got them. They were/are in rough shape.
Sometimes birds just don't make it no matter what care they receive I've had several healthy 12 week old birds get under a pile of other birds and suffocate even with a large pen, roosts and a warm coop. Checking them, they are filled out and were active the day before.
I'm learning to give med attention and attempt to get recovery started. But if no progress is made, I've learned to do the deed.
On that note, when I changed brooders today getting ready for the newest hatch, I noticed a little 4 week old CW cockerel that has a slipping tendon. Sometimes it looks right and the next minute, his leg is turned 90 degrees out....He will have to be culled, even though he has great coloring. Can't chance letting the default to pass on to his prodginy. That makes it easier.