Cockoo Maran Died :-(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lizzy06019, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. lizzy06019

    lizzy06019 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess I'll start at the beginning. Back in March, we found one of our Orpingtons out in the run dead. We examined her and found no outward sign of any injury, pecking, attack etc. We buried her, kept a close eye on the rest of the flock and hoped it was just a fluke. Fast forward to 2 nights ago... I was closing up the coop for the night, "tucking" everyone in and wishing sweet dreams to the girls and noticed one of my non-broody hens was in a nesting box. I thought it was weird and picked her up and put her on the roost. I didn't notice anyone acting weird yesterday except for last night when I went to close up the coop again, I found the same hen snuggled up for bed under the poop board in the pine shavings. None of my chickens sleep in their bedding so I thought this was weird. I decided I would let her stay. I made a comment to my husband about this strange new behavior and hoped it was just a new quark [​IMG] I wasn't able to get down to the coop this morning because I was dropping my son off at camp and packing for a trip to VA, so after I put my youngest down for his nap, I went down to the coop/run to give the girls their treats. When I went in to check on Big Mama, our desperate wanna-be momma, I noticed Gaby, the cuckoo maran, died under the poop board where I saw her nestling in for the night last night. Same situation with my orpington. No outwardly sign of attack, pecking, injury, etc. In fact, all the other girls, except Big Mama, were outside enjoying their treats. My question is... are these 2 deaths related? My whole flock is about 1.5 years old. I feel like I'm doing something wrong. I feel so guilty for not knowing she wasn't doing well and wonder how many others may be next? Is it normal to lose chickens like this and at this age? Any advice is welcomed.

    RIP Gaby Girl!!!! You will be missed terribly. I hope you are pecking around and dust bathing in the sun with Coco in heaven [​IMG]
     
  2. ChickiePieGirl

    ChickiePieGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] So sorry! Losing animals is so hard! I think I like my animals more than I like some people![​IMG]
     
  3. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry! How old was she? When did you last deworm them? Sometimes it just happens. I don't think its your fault you sound like a great chicken mama to me [​IMG]
     
  4. lizzy06019

    lizzy06019 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Duramaxgirl... She was 16 months old and I dewormed the flock back on April 27th. Do you think I need to do it again?
     
  5. PAchickenlover

    PAchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to hear about your girl![​IMG] What kind of wormer should I use with my chickens? I have never done it before. But then again I am kind of new at this. My first time of owning Chickens was last summer. They are indeed addictive!! As my flock has grown from 3 to over 20 in a year.
     
  6. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you de-loused them anytime recently? I would look for mites and worms first.
     
  7. lizzy06019

    lizzy06019 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm sorry but what's de-loused??? I dewormed them back in April... should I worm again? I've never seen evidence of worms/mites. What should I be looking for?
     
  8. pottymouthspoultry

    pottymouthspoultry Out Of The Brooder

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    How often should you de-worm chickens?
     
  9. lizzy06019

    lizzy06019 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've been doing mine twice a year with Ivermectin pour on... about 5 drops on the back of their necks
     
  10. totallytang

    totallytang Chillin' With My Peeps

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    aw im sorry : ( it happens... i lost two young birds this past year.... within two months of each other... they did not have worms or anything they just died...
     

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