1 chicken dies every 2 weeks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by darin367, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. darin367

    darin367 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am at a loss. a chicken dies about every other week for the last 3 months... I have treated with corid... treated with ivermectin pour on... treated with wazine.... i have owned chickens for 6 years and have never seen anything like this... they are mixed breeds, it's affecting all breeds... eyes look good so i don't suspect mareks......they don't have lice or mites.... no cough, no sneeze etc..no bloody poop..... birds seem fine, then i find a dead one in coop..... anyone ever experience this and what was the problem....
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    It doesn't sound like coccidiosis (corid) or worms (ivermectin/wazine). Those don't kill quickly.
    Whenever one loses several birds from a similar cause, it's time for lab work. Send a bird to the state poultry lab for necropsy.
    Treating for the unknown isn't treatment.
    https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahln/downloads/all_nahln_lab_list.pdf

    Are the birds dying the ones you've had for 6 years?
    What are they fed?
     
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  3. darin367

    darin367 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    none of my birds are 6 years old.. the oldest is 3... i replace 1/3 of flock per year... this spring i went a bit overboard and got 12 pullets from feed store... i've lost half of those and 2 or 3 of the older ladies... they are eating layer feed...
     
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