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Chickens mysteriously dying!!!!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by matt8715, May 15, 2016.

  1. matt8715

    matt8715 Out Of The Brooder

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    My 13 week old chickens have started dying off! I make sure they have plenty of food and water everyday. They don't seem to act like they are sick or diseased. I found one today that was dying....it was laying on the ground and it would throw it's head all the way back and act like it was gasping for air and twist it's head like it was in pain. Might anyone be able to tell me what this may be, or has anyone seen or heard of this before?
     
  2. kaileenfoster

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    Oh no!! I've dealt with chickens dying one by one before.. But that when I started out having chickens a couples years ago and I had no idea I had to Quarantine them,no went to a flock swap and got 6 chickens from 6 different people and lost all of them due to them giving each other diseases, now I have learned my lesson.. Did you get them from different people or all from the same person or place? Has anyone come around you chickens that have chickens of their own? Diseases can spread really fast and you have to be careful.. I'm sorry they are dying like that! Try putting them on antibiotics?
     
  3. matt8715

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    Some of the chickens are from a different place, but they have been together for a few weeks and have just started dying. Nobody else that has chickens of their own have been around them.
     
  4. kaileenfoster

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    [​IMG] Sometimes it take a month for diseases to show.. But it spreads quickly, I would removed all the visably sick pullets and put them in a separate pen far away from the others and start them on antibiotics and medicated chick feed, hugs* sorry this is happening, I know how this feels!
     
  5. matt8715

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    The only thing is none of them are showing signs of being sick, until I find one dead in the morning, so I don't know which ones to quarantine.
     
  6. matt8715

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    Oh and I am feeding the medicated chick starter/grower. It is medicated for coccidiosis. The medication is amprollium.
     
  7. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Sounds to me like the important things are throwing the head back and gasping. Maybe take this problem over to the illness thread. Lots of experienced folk there who wait for problems to solve.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures
    Best,
    Karen
     
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  8. matt8715

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    Thanks everyone for the advice.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I agree with 3 Riverschick - the gasping and head thrown back are the most important elements - as far as determining the problem. I hope the ER folks will be able to come up with something.
     
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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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