Chickens dying one/week??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by alamspac, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. alamspac

    alamspac New Egg

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    I have been raising laying hens in the same pen for 8-10 years. Last 2 years at about 15-20 weeks the hens start dying one by one (about 1/week). Hens seem to get weak(can't stand up) and lethargic. Any suggestions on what is causing?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I don't know what state you are in, but in some states the state vet will do necropsies on the bodies to find out the cause of death for a small amount of money, and in California, for free. You really need to send or take the next chicken that dies in for a necropsy. Their is definitely something going on. Lice, mites, coccidiosis, or some other disease is likely killing them. Have you noticed any other symtoms? I would probably give a 5 day course of Corid liquid (2 tsp per gallon of water,) as a treatment for cocci, just to see if the deaths stopped.
     

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