Ive lost a few birds this weekend, and its sort of a mystery to me. They seem to be a little down but nothing much to note, and then they get diarrhea and die. Ive been looking at the couple that seemed sick before just dying suddenly, and there was a little gaping but no big respiratory thing. No discharge, no smell or anything odd in mouth, no weight loss or strange behavior...feed is new, coops are clean...they have been wormed this year.
I lost a tiny oe bantam that I have had for 7 months...he has been fine. I lost one of his hens last week suddenly.
I lost an old, old leghorn hen that had lost her foot a couple of years ago and that has been as tough as nails nonstop (most likely to peck you if you step out of line)
I lost a newer young turken, but she and her sister both had wry neck, and I successfully treated the sister.
I have one older hen who is sort of puffed up and looks to be sick. It seems like her comb is a little blue and she has diarrhea.
I gave denaguard for possible respiratory infection...tho she only gapes if I pick her up and she is stressed; she isnt acting like there is anything wrong with her sinus or lungs...no marks in her mouth or smell....
I gave vet rx and also corrid for possible cocci.
Any ideas would be appreciated.
Im pretty well versed with things that go wrong with chickens and if this one dies she is going to the state vet extension.
I also have them coming to NPIP test me this or next week (cant remember) but the tester doesnt know poultry disease because he specializes in larger farm animals. So maybe its best to send the next one to the lab.
The environment is so odd this year in the northeast that its hard to tell whats going on.
I have had mite problems but not in this coop....i have treated with ivomec pour on and I wormed a month or two ago.
Thanks for any ideas. I lost my prize oe roo yesterday and in spite of myself, Im upset.....I have too many roos, but I adored this guy!!