A closed flock is not really an option. I would have to at least cull the birds I have in excess and all the cockerels would not be saleable. I'd sold one.
Are you saying that once they have had antibiotics their eggs are no good forever? And you can never eat them?
I administered the antibiotics this morning and was heartened when each drank as if it was fresh cool water on a hot day. It must taste ok. But I was saddened that my sweet Eye Spy Ninja (named by son) (marans) has succumbed. I looked at my poor Barney Cagney and she must have a splitting headache with synuses swollen. I can feel that pain I've had a headache since last Sunday.
I did not give the antibiotics to the nonsymptomatic pen (1 out of 6). My thought was if they show symptoms later they may not respond to a course if needed. What do you think?
I also didn't treat my brahmas in the brooder. Poor things don't get to go out on the grass now.
I am not even worrying about where it came from at this stage. I have doves, I have rats from when the neighbours at the back subdivided their block, evicted the tenants with the pet pig and demolished the shed. Oh joy, I had rodents everywhere. The neighbours two doors down are selling so have got rid of their flock which free ranged with automatic feeders. They didn't even live there. I find the automatic feeders and leaving out more feed than they need attracts rodents. And then I think back to the sick crow I found at the run. Someone told me that infectious bronchitis results in a very wrinkly egg being laid. One of my new birds has a wrinkly egg. She is non-symptomatic.
Whatever the source it got me and at a time I had peek numbers.
I am getting very frustrated with either the site or this device I keep losing posts. It happened again this morning. I then went to my phone and it logged me out. As if I remember my password to log back in.
The antibiotic debate we had earlier on this thread covers the fears around using them in our food chain. The vets just have to cover themselves against litigation.
For the birds that are sick , they must be kept well away from those that aren't showing any symptoms . Always tend to them last and don't wear the same clothes or shoes into the ' healthy ' pens. Wear disposable gloves , if not wash hands religiously .
Remember that it could just be bronchitis, in which case it will pass.