All of My girls stopped laying!

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  1. amyschicks

    amyschicks New Egg

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    Hello there -
    I added to my flock of hens this summer. I have 8 hens that are one year old and were very good layers. My new chicks didn't seem to bother the original crew as far as egg production or weird behaviors. But all of a sudden, the girls have all stopped laying. Their feathers looked ruffled. Also, Their poo looked and smelled funny so I had my vet check it. They were full of worms and coccidia. The vet said that would hurt production for sure. I dewormed them and treated their coccidia. At my vets recommendation, I treated the coccidia by using medicated chick starter for 10 days. Has anyone ever had their entire flock stop laying because of this? How long until they start laying again? Could I be dealing with something else more sinister as far as disease goes? Any and all advise is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. amyschicks

    amyschicks New Egg

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    Oh and I forgot to add that one of my bags of chicken feed had moldy feed in it...I didn't notice it right away so maybe that had something to do with it?
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, amyschicks, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! Lots of things can interrupt laying - obviously a disease certainly would. Glad you vet caught it in time. As to the moldy feed - I have read that this can kill a flock really quickly. So, discard it if you haven't already. Good luck to you!
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Moldy food is an invitation to death for the flock. Was it that way when you bought it? If so I would return to feed store and let them know - their storage area may be too hot and humit.
     
  5. amyschicks

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    Thank you all for your responses. I threw the feed away. It was about a month ago so I am hopeful they pulled through that part....
     
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] I don't want to argue with your vet, but medicated feed only contains a small amount of amprolium drugs and it's purpose is to help prevent cocci, chickens can still get it if they are fed medicated feed, so I can't see how it would work as a treatment in an already infected flock. The best way to get rid of cocci is by treating the flock with a proper dose of amprolium drugs, Corrid is the best. Then follow up with sulfadimethoxine to catch any that may have escaped the amprolium. Also feeding the chickens plain yoghurt, buttermilk or goats milk during treatment will help ease the discomfort and soothe their intestines. Good luck with them!
     

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