Am I a bad momma??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rwgrout, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. rwgrout

    rwgrout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the grand scheme of things I'm farily new to this chicken thing - just a few years. I started out with 4 chickens that I got from someone that was moving. Along the way I've gotten a couple of new girls to replace the ones I've lost but I seem to be loosing on average 1 chicken a year. So far, it's all seemed random to me. They are fine in the morning eating, drinking, talking to me, and then dead that night :( Have solved a few cases of soft eggs and one case of the rickets. Last night I noticed one of my girls being lethargic. Crop is fine, no diarrhea so I'm not sure what do to for her. It seems like I'm on the verge of loosing another one, which will be 4 chickens in 4 years :( :( :( :( Is this usual in chickens. Are they just not that hardy? I hear of owners loosing entire flocks due to illness is this just because they are suceptalbe? On a brighter note, I do still have one of my original girls and she still gives me a couple of eggs a week.

    What are your thoughts???
     
  2. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you checked for lice and mites? With no other symptoms, one of those would be my best guess as to what might be wrong.
     
  3. rwgrout

    rwgrout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks I'll double check. I'm wondering if there are things I'm missing or should be more diligent about if I have chickens that just seem to just die in less than 24 hours......
     
  4. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens make a point to not show that they are ill until they are so ill they can't help it, so it can be hard to catch stuff early. Without a necropsy (most states have a lab where you can send birds in for free or for a very small fee) it's really impossible to know what went wrong in a scenario like yours.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    A lot depends upon the breeds that you have. The high production birds tend to burn out at a relatively young age. They have not been bred/selected for longevity. Heritage breeds from a breeder tend to live somewhat longer.
     
  6. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    No, I don't think you are a poor chicken keeper, chickens are not really long lived. I have had chickens die like that too, most people who have had chickens, will have one or more that one day is fine, next is dead. Sometimes you will pause and think, is there something wrong there, and then think no, and a couple of days later, she is gone.

    I try and enjoy the flock, I have had a flock for years, but I do not have the same birds in the flock. Many people have very old birds, and I don't know if it is we have tougher winters, or I just have never gotten that high of quality birds, but with mine, a 3 year old bird going on 4 is an old bird.

    Mrs K
     
  7. rwgrout

    rwgrout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I checked my girls last night and no bugs but I appreciate the suggestion and will keep that new knowledge in my arsenal for future reference. She was still a bit droopy last night but was still drinking. Hopefully this will pass.

    Thanks for your suggestions and support!
     
  8. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could just be as @Mrs. K suggested then: the downside of production hens.
     
  9. Rowsdower

    Rowsdower Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DO you worm your birds? If so, how often?
     
  10. rwgrout

    rwgrout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh dear! No I don't worm them. I guess that's something I should do on a regular basis??
     

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