the smell is there. i thought the smell might be from having been wet, it had been drizzling for days. i have noticed many more are infected this morning. trying to figure out where it may have come from. all newbies had been quarantined for 30 days to see what they might have and treated regardless. all this after finally saving the flock from a horrible mite problem. took me weeks to finally get it under control. the fowl pox (iodine rinses and vit/min water was all i did to help them through that. its viral so i knew antibiotics wouldnt help out) is still working its way through the flock also. maybe the weakened immune systems of the chickens just gave out. i understand from all the reading i have been doing that they will be carriers. i know that i won't be able to sell any of them and won't be able to introduce new stock.
the hubby, who has been very understanding because of all the crying i have been doing, is helping me prepare for the culling we will have to do. i have around 200 chickens, adults and babies. the babies, i hatch myself, are kept separate until ready for outdoors life, although i fear they have been infected also due to carrying it on the shoes and clothes and on the skin. a few babies have been dying randomly but i figured due to liking to bunch up at night. (usually find them flat and spread out) two died last night, nothing to note from the deaths. they appeared to be fine, just squashed.
worried about the ducks, but from what i have gathered they shouldn't get infected but i am keeping a close watch on them. the turkies, i have two-a pair of bronze, i am just waiting for them to show symptoms too. hopefully the quail won't get it. the quail are in a pen raised above ground but close to the coops.
this is absolutely devastating. i have spent countless dollars and hours on my flock to have this happen. i haven't gotten an egg in months but i didn't give up on them. don't plan on it now. will take it to the bitter end.
will keep everyone posted on what happens.
btw: the one chicken is still hanging in there. seems a bit more alert this morning but still runny nose and gummed up eyes. treated her again and can only hope for best.