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Chickens Losing Butt Feathers and Dropping Dead!!!!

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Have had 3 Chickens from 3 different pens drop dead within the last 7 days.   Whatever is killing them seems to have something to do with them losing their feathers around their butts.   All three that have died have lost the feathers around their butts and looked like they were having a hard time breathing.  They get weak and then they die.  One day they look ok and then a few days later they are dead.  All the dead birds have been 8 month old pullets.  I have started giving the rest of my Flock Duramycin 10.  Hope this helps save the rest of them.    Any help?????

The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV)
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The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV)
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Originally Posted by sega 

Have had 3 Chickens from 3 different pens drop dead within the last 7 days.   Whatever is killing them seems to have something to do with them losing their feathers around their butts.   All three that have died have lost the feathers around their butts and looked like they were having a hard time breathing.  They get weak and then they die.  One day they look ok and then a few days later they are dead.  All the dead birds have been 8 month old pullets.  I have started giving the rest of my Flock Duramycin 10.  Hope this helps save the rest of them.    Any help?????


I am so sorry for your losses! Have the hens been laying eggs normal. Everyday?

Wife to Tom. Mom to a son and a daughter, 3 cats, 4 dogs. Lost count as to how many chickens I have, close to 50 of various breeds. 4 geese .7 ducks. 4 goats Oliver and Lila, Charlie and Grace.2 turkeys, 4 Bearded Dragons and 2 leopard geckos.   To think my husband was the one who wanted chickens, now I am totally addicted but so very happy.

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Wife to Tom. Mom to a son and a daughter, 3 cats, 4 dogs. Lost count as to how many chickens I have, close to 50 of various breeds. 4 geese .7 ducks. 4 goats Oliver and Lila, Charlie and Grace.2 turkeys, 4 Bearded Dragons and 2 leopard geckos.   To think my husband was the one who wanted chickens, now I am totally addicted but so very happy.

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Yes, they are still laying eggs.

The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV)
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The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV)
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have you checked for mites??

AmberFlea
Iola, WI
Dogmah of 4 (2 papillons, 1 malinois, 1 wirehair dachshund), Chickens, BCM's, Olive Eggers, Brahmas and a flock of Guineas!

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AmberFlea
Iola, WI
Dogmah of 4 (2 papillons, 1 malinois, 1 wirehair dachshund), Chickens, BCM's, Olive Eggers, Brahmas and a flock of Guineas!

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have you checked for mites??


Yes, and I do not see any.  I have put Sevin Dust all over them and the pens.  Noticed that their poop is bright yellow also.

Oh, this is from my account at work.


Edited by yanmar1610d - 9/1/11 at 8:22am
The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left .
   Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV)
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The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left .
   Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV)
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post #6 of 7

Sounds like coccidiosis or something similar.  Amprolium or sulfa type drug is used for this. Is their stool bloody at all?

Have you wormed them at all? Check their poop for worms or taken a fecal sample?

Are they congested or sneeezing at all?

AmberFlea
Iola, WI
Dogmah of 4 (2 papillons, 1 malinois, 1 wirehair dachshund), Chickens, BCM's, Olive Eggers, Brahmas and a flock of Guineas!

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AmberFlea
Iola, WI
Dogmah of 4 (2 papillons, 1 malinois, 1 wirehair dachshund), Chickens, BCM's, Olive Eggers, Brahmas and a flock of Guineas!

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Have not checked them for worms.  I have started giving them Duramycin 10, is this type of antibiotic the same as an Amprolium?  Can I worm them and give them antibiotics a the sametime?   Are they sneezing? Yes, but not very much.  Just every now and then.

The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left .
   Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV)
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The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left .
   Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV)
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