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post #11 of 19
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No. He is a Barred Rock.
post #12 of 19

Another thing to check for is have you sprayed your coop lately- the red mite can live in the cracks of the coop and feed at night, slowly killing the chickens and you would never know it. Always retreat in 7-10 days when killing mites. And of course check the birds too- the Northern Fowl Mite lives on the birds. If you do see bugs on the birds I have some nice links for that if you ask for help.

 

As far as worming goes, here is a handy chart:

http://www.healthybirds.umd.edu/disease/deworming%20birds.pdf

 

If you just wormed them and they are still ill you might consider taking a fecal sample to a vet for a check for cocci/worms (false negatives are possible on the worm test).

 

A necropsy will tell you definitively what was wrong- that is what I would recommend. You can contact your state vet or county extension agent for information.

 

It is possible they are struggling with an infection or some other problem. Wormers can kill them if they are weakened and I'd not just keep throwing wormers at them until you have a diagnosis. Mites can kill a flock, making them anemic and weak/thin. I'd definitely check in that direction next.


Edited by ChickensAreSweet - 2/13/13 at 10:44am
post #13 of 19
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I have a vet appointment today for my horses. I'll grab a sample and talk to the vet. I haven't sprayed since I just got this coop built a couple weeks ago. I live and work at a sale barn so I am sure we have all kinds of nasty things floating around. My one full time free range barn rooster is the only one not sick. But he is never around my other birds.
post #14 of 19
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The thing that is really throwing me off is that other then my one rooster that died none of them act like anything is wrong. They all eat and run around like nothing is wrong.
post #15 of 19
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The thing that is really throwing me off is that other then my one rooster that died none of them act like anything is wrong. They all eat and run around like nothing is wrong.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by frmgrl87 View Post

The thing that is really throwing me off is that other then my one rooster that died none of them act like anything is wrong. They all eat and run around like nothing is wrong.


If your coop is only a couple of months old I would not think it would already be infested with red mites but that's just me. Might want to check for bugs on the birds though.

 

I treat my chickens every 4 months for bugs to keep mites away (and the coops).

 

Sorry I don't have any more ideas for you.

post #17 of 19
Mites are and Idea, check them at night with a good light look around the vent. I like using Valbezan for treating them for worms given orally 1/2ml per large bird. Then Follow up 7 days.

If you wanted to try an antibiotic you may want to try LA200 - i believe the dosage is - .1ml per lb. or 1/2 ml for 5 lb bird. But search on the the forum to be sure.
post #18 of 19
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Some of my birds are sneezing. even my goose is sneezing. what's wrong now? I've had a horrible week. the neighbors dog killed 3 of my birds.
post #19 of 19
Could it be a lack of grit? A friend is going through the same problem hens loosing weight after worming...could they be over worm medicated?...they have had chickens in that pen for 10 years...I gave them some grit to try
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