chickens dying now rooster

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mamatomany, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. mamatomany

    mamatomany Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2009
    South Carolina
    I have lost 8 out of 10 RIR pullets that are just 5 months old. Same symptoms...find them unable to stand, they just fall over on one side. No drainage, no nothing. Also, it seems they are very friendly before they die. No respiratory nothing. My rooster, I found him down and out in the coop about 2 hours ago. I try to get him to stand, won't. I gave him 1 cc pro-pen. I figured it was a repiratory hereditary thing in the 8 as they came from the same place, hatched at the same time. The two that are left are smallish and their legs are scrawny and pale, and their combs are not really in? Not sure if I am dealing with mareks disease or not. I brought the rooster in and checked him for mites, ticks, anything crawling...nothing. They are free range with a nice coop to hang in. 2 feeders and fresh water all the time. They were raised on medicated chick starter and are eating nutrena laying pellets. Ask away with any questions that may help me with this is truly a heart break.
  2. GA_in_GA

    GA_in_GA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2011
    Southwest Georgia
    Did they all die the same day, or over a period of time. Also, have you recently changed something in their feeding and watering routine?

    Color of combs good or pale?

    Any of the girls laying yet? If so, how regularly?
  3. mamatomany

    mamatomany Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2009
    South Carolina
    No changes in anything....they have died over a period of about 6-8 weeks. As stated earlier, the last 2 of the 10 are smallish and their feet are pale and scrawny and their combs are not really coming in - no they are not laying The rooster's comb is not as bright red, but still red.
  4. leadwolf1

    leadwolf1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2011
    Have one of your birds necropsied so that you will know what you are dealing with...sounds awfully like Marek's to me. The best way to find out is to have a necropsy done. Most states have labs that will do one for free or for a small fee.
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    x2 Your county extension agent, state department of agriculture or even a vet might give you directions on how to go about having a necropsy performed, just give them a call if you wish.
  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
  7. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 17, 2009
    Northern CA
    Sorry, but it does seem to be classic Marek's disease. If you have a school of veterinary medicine in SC call them and they would probably do a necropsy for you. Our local university does them for free. I know this would be hard for you but they will usually accept a live bird that is showing symptoms and euthanize and necropsy it for you. Better to know for sure what you are dealing with.

    I am so sorry.

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