Are some of my meat chickens sick? *pictures*

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by RoostersCrow HensDeliver!, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all, I hope I'm just overreacting here but I have a lethargic cornishx with a weird feather loss pattern and I'm worried about the rest of the birds with the same feather pattern. I've raised several batches of meaties before but I haven't seen this before. Most of them are fully feathered by now.

    Here's my thread in the emergency/ disease section.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/829451/weird-feather-loss-in-meat-birds#post_12112292

    I haven't gotten a lot of feedback. Do they look normal to you? Please help me out.
     
  2. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm just adding that I noticed the sick bird had a wheeze in his breathing. With so many issues, I decided it was best to kill him, hopefully before anything spreads to the rest of them.

    I would still like everyone's opinion on if my birds look normal or not.
     
  3. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I commented on your original thread.

    I find they gasp and sneeze while eating, because they eat so fast.. but other than that, wheezing is not normal.
     
  4. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He had not eaten in a long time. It was wheezy/raspy almost like there was drainage in his lungs or throat. I'll re-post my reply from my other thread:

    I decided to kill the sick bird, I noticed he had raspy breathing when I checked on him this morning. He was laying there shivering under the heat lamp ( I have them outside in a hoop coop). He never got up to eat or drink in the hours I spent in the coop last night or this morning. (I just buried him, not wanting to take a chance on eating him).

    I am keeping an eye on the rest of them, but none of the rest are lethargic, they have good appetites and good skin color. He might have just caught a cold or something.

    Thank you both, for your input, I do REALLY appreciate it. I am still new at meat birds and my mind just jumps to the worst possible scenario. I did notice that it IS the males that have less feathers than the females. I will try not to go into panic mode after the slightest problem. Thank you.

    I really appreciate you sharing your experience with me Aoxa. I may have had chickens for a few years but I sure as heck don't know everything and love any opportunity to learn something new.
     

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