Chickens dying?! Help!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LadyB, May 22, 2011.

  1. LadyB

    LadyB Out Of The Brooder

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    Help! I have 3 hens and 4 8-10 week old chicks. The chicks are in the coop with the chickens but seperated so the chickens can not get them. Last week, 1 of my chicks died. The chicks had food, water, normal poop, no watery eyes, or sneezing. The other chicks had pecked the chick that died several weeks before, but that was all healed up. There were no other wounds or injury that we could see. Everybody else was fine and active.

    This morning I went out and 3 more chicks were dead. They had food and water, good temperature and no wounds. The last living chick seems very healthy;. She's not running around crazy like but she is walking around the yard and checking stuff out. Her poop is watery white. She is drinking water and eating. No bloody stool, no head bobbing, no wheezing. My hens all seem totally fine; great poop running around eating, foraging, etc.

    I went ahead and gave them sulmet.

    Any idea of what is taking out my flock? Until this, I have never had any issues. Any help is greatly appreciated!!
     
  2. Erica

    Erica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This sounds worrying. Three out of four birds dying is serious.

    Some forms of coccidiosis don't show up as blood in the droppings, and yet can kill very quickly. It sounds like a good idea to use a coccidiocide in any case (we don't have Sulmet here but I presume that's what it's for).

    However this situation could also be from a different disease (some of which can produce white runny droppings). The problem is that sometimes hens get over an illness but become carriers. When new chicks are introduced they may have no immunity and can get sick. In this case it might want a vet visit for diagnosis if the coccidiocide doesn't work and the last chick gets sick.

    If a vet is out of the question you might consider keeping all new chicks separate just in case. That's probably what I'd do.

    Sorry for your losses, I hope this helps.

    Erica
     
  3. the1honeycomb

    the1honeycomb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had the same problem, tried everything then the old man who I talk to at the TCS said "sound cold" and walked away
    I added another heat light to the brooder and haven't lost a chick like that since!
    Good Luck!
     
  4. LadyB

    LadyB Out Of The Brooder

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    Since the orignal post I have set up a 'house' for the remaining chick in my bathroom again. We left to buy a cage mounted feeder (so she could have the most space possible) and came back to a different bird. She is much more alert, eating and drinking like crazy, and hanging out on her perch. I'm keeping her on the sulmet and dosing my other chickens as well, but so far so good.

    Thanks for your advice.
     
  5. LadyB

    LadyB Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, and she's had several good, not watery, poops.
     
  6. Erica

    Erica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Excellent! Sounds like it was cocci, and getting her off the ground and treating it has made all the difference.
    Great news.
     

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