Originally Posted by potato chip
So, fancychooklady, there's no real way to protect birds if you get "carriers" of something, or they catch something off vermin or wild birds? I was thinking that if new birds have a quarantine period, all was good, but what's happened to myhaven suggests that you might still be unlucky? :( Sometimes reading the forum makes me paranoid.
potato chip .....
I am not presuming to answer for Fancy, not something I would ever attempt to do .... but something did occur to me.
Birds innards and workings are like nothing else on the planet. We can identify mammalian reproduction and metabolism quite easily ... e.g. cud chewing cattle with one stomach, four divisions of the stomach, have qualities that are similar to everything else - all except birds. All birds ( imho ) are fragile, or potentially so. Ranges from the largest of hens / roosters, to small breeding birds, like finches and budgies. Extends to raptors as well, as they too can become quickly ill for no apparent reason ( so I have read from an authority on it ).
There are many dangers out there for birds. And not just other birds who can introduce bacteria that they are immune to, that hens do not have immunity to. Pickings with bacteria in it, spray ridden vegetable matter, a garden plant that is toxic to birds ( and animals ) .... that one would not know about unless doing intensive research. e.g. .... I had NO idea that camellias and azaleas can be toxic to dogs ?? .... then there are toadstools that spring up in water logged areas, especially near trees, over the autumn / winter / spring time. One of my major bug-bears with having dogs here. I go on 'toadstool watch' here every morning, beginning Autumn. It is a pain in the rear. Almost losing Ruby to toadstool munching brought that about !
This is a link to what is potentially toxic to chickens .... ( and from the list - to most dogs / cats / other animals ) :
Not by any means, am I suggesting the MyHaven has fed nasties to her chickens. I am sure she has not. They have developed something or other, from the air ? from other birds ? from vermin ? from falling leaves that contain a spray ( from a neighbour ) .... there are countless reasons a hen or any bird can become ill.
All this leads ( I know only too well ) to entertaining paranoia. Have had it myself on many occasions !!!
I honestly think, if you give your birds the very best start possible in life, that is all you can possibly do. And continue it with good food, washed greens, and whatever else is best for chickens.
Edited by Anniebee - 4/29/16 at 3:08am