So, I got these two buff orpingtons and a week later one dies and the other has eye bubbles and nasal discharge. I separate the sick hen and treat her with antibiotics and she gets better. I moved the entire coop away from the sick bird and went through all this work to protect my purebred flock that I've worked for over a year to establish. Hen looks good and I think its all over. Went to check on my BLRW flock this evening and my rooster has a raspy, gurgling crow and eye bubbles. So, here is how to treat you sick chickens:
1. I should have culled the hen immediately when she showed signs of illness. I wanted to show compassion and try to get her well and give her to a friend (she didn't mind that the chicken had been ill).
2. Since I didn't do that I've now exposed my favorite purebreds to this problem and my rooster is now sick and I will be culling in a couple of hours. He is already moved into the isolation cage with the other sick hen.
So, for those of you who have sick chickens and want to be compassionate, please do the right thing and cull that bird before you lose your entire flock to an illness. I hesitated and now I will be losing my best BLRW rooster tonight. This is a hard lesson learned but kindness can lose all your birds which is unkind to the whole flock. An injury is one thing but disease and illness need to be culled immediately and the areas sanitized with bleach and lime. I've already sprayed the coop down bleach and water mix and I will sprinkling lime when the birds go up to roost for the night. Again, please do the kindest thing possible and cull sick birds and remove the remains from your property. I know it sounds hard and it will be hard to let my rooster go but if I had not been kind to one bird in the first place I wouldn't be losing three.