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2 chickens, different ages, dead this week

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mel83452, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. mel83452

    mel83452 New Egg

    Nov 20, 2009
    we had 1 of our new layers, 3 mo old appear listless 3 days ago. i separated her from the others, but by evening she was dead. thought nothing of it, as chickens die all the time. then this morning i found another hen, 2 years old dead in the coop. i do not remember any symptoms for her. we have 31 hens. 15 older and now 16 from the new batch. we have not been getting many eggs from the older 15. some days only 3, but we figured this was due to the heat and/or introduction to new chicksÂ…though we did that well over a month ago.

    i do not think that they got anything bad in the food scraps. we are very careful about potato peels, and toxic ingredients.

    today we are going to clean out the entire coop and wash out all water/food containers.

    any other ideas?
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    It is always good to rule out mites/lice and worms as they can take a flock down. Just a thought. Some vets will do fecal tests for worms, and you can inspect them for external parasites. Sometimes mites might not be visible with a casual inspection, though.
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Sounds contageous.
  4. mel83452

    mel83452 New Egg

    Nov 20, 2009
    will take a look at one of them and see if they appear to have lice or mites yuck. hopefully it is just birds dying. sometimes it just happens. thanks for the feedback.

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