In the Brooder
- Dec 31, 2011
I've only been here a couple of days and have read enough to have the following question but first some background info. I have 18 chickens that were purchased at two different times about a month apart from a swap meet/flea market type sale. The first group did great and about a month later we went back and bought a few more. The very next day the temp plunged and it started to rain. The new birds i guess were confused and disorientated and got pretty wet. a few days later some of them seemed to have "colds" I know now that chickens don't get "colds'. i used antibiotics in the water for a couple weeks, two birds died and everyone else seems fine now. i don't know what was wrong with them. I want to get some more this spring, not from the same place but order some chicks. After seeing the coryza threads tho I'm worried that might have been the problem. So if I understand correctly if that was the problem then my birds could be carriers and any others I add to the flock could get sick. culling them is not an option but what if any new birds were housed separately in new runs and coops? I have plenty of room to separate them and was planning on building a few new areas for new birds anyway so that I could get a couple breeds and keep them together instead of in a mixed flock. Would that be safe for more birds as long as the old flock was cleaned and fed last?