Are our chickens still contagious?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by riderooster, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. riderooster

    riderooster New Egg

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    A little over two weeks ago, we bought five pullets from a reputable breeder who we have bought chickens from before. On the way home, I heard one of them sneezing. Turns out, all of them were sick and three died within the first week. They had runny noses (beaks?), eyes, and labored breathing. The remaining two have been treated to five days of Tylan in their water. Their runny noses have cleared up and they appear to be a lot perkier. So, they seem healthy. My question is---can they now be added to our existing flock? We did not have a necropsy done on the birds that died and our breeder claims that he has not seen any signs of illness in his birds. So we don't know what disease we were dealing with. Oh, did I mention that the larger flock we have belongs to our 10-year old daughter and one of them is the grand champion Bantam at our county fair this year. Yeah, so we really are unsure about what we should do at this point. Any advice would really be appreciated.
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Some diseases even once they seem better make them carriers for life and could very well infect your other birds. The only way to know for sure would be to have one of the birds tested.
     
  3. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

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  4. threehorses

    threehorses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The truth is - we don't know, and can't truthfully tell you without literally guessing. If you really want to know, have a tester out to test. You can contact the extension agents - usually through your state's agricultural college. It's worth looking in to, and it's necessary to look into if you at all intend on showing, breeding, or selling anything including hatching eggs.
     

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