5 Dead Chickens, 3 more dyiblng. HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by twinklemama, Nov 19, 2016.

  1. twinklemama

    twinklemama Out Of The Brooder

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    Yesterday I found our fence had been knocked down and that day we lost 2 chickens and 3 more overnight. They were very weak, lethargic, and thick mucus was coming from their mouths. 2 of them were shivering as well.

    Today 3 more are dying and same symptoms less the thick mucus. 1 of them also popes very water and it smelled horrific and looked almost like it has casings of something in it.

    Anyone have any idea what is wrong. This is a third of my flock in just over 24 hours.
     
  2. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    My first thought was worms... But the fence was knocked down and THEN you saw symptoms? Is there a possibility of poison having been left somewhere? Rat poison, poisoned bugs, old fertilizer they may have gotten into? Maybe even something green and noxious, like raw soybeans?It's awfully fast to lose that many at once for it to be worms. :(

    I'm so sorry for your loss! :(
     
  3. Erik the epic

    Erik the epic Out Of The Brooder

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    Separate The sick ones from the rest of the flock in case of a sickness but is dose sound like they got in to poison or something.
     
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Howdy twinklemama

    I am so very sorry for your loss [​IMG]

    Do you know how was the fence knocked down? Do you know if they left your property via the knocked down fence?

    If they left the property then yep, they may have eaten something they should not have, resulting in poisoning.

    If the fence was knocked down by a predator, they could be in shock but that probably does not explain the mucous [​IMG]
     
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  5. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there any noticeable injury's in the affected chickens?
     
  6. AllynTal

    AllynTal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It definitely sounds like they got into something they shouldn't have. Isolate the sick ones and confine the rest to the coop until you can fix the fence and determine what it was they ate.
     
  7. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    X2, definitely lock them up tight until you find out what's going on. And water, lots and lots of water, try to encourage them to drink. Maybe it will help flush their systems.
     
  8. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like poison to me, too. Antifreeze possibly?
     
  9. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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