Cull them all...?

Kay Crowe

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 3, 2013
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Northern Virginia
I have 3 laying hens, 10 two month olds, and four three week olds in the brooder.

Of the babies one silkie has had a crusty eye from the start. I only saw the foam once, until this morning when it was back in full force. The chick is smaller than the others, feathers not as developed. I haven't noticed any other symptoms in it. The other three seem ok. I have been using antibiotics in their water.

I know the one needs to be culled - but what about the other three?

Thanks.

ETA: What would be the best way to dispatch a squirmy chick?
 
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Judy

Crowing
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I don't believe I would cull a flock without testing so I knew what disease I was culling for, especially in a situation like this. It seems to me that a single crusty eye could be due to an injury. You might check with your ag college or county extension agent to see who would do testing.
 

Kay Crowe

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 3, 2013
45
8
34
Northern Virginia
I wasn't thinking of doing the whole flock, just the four little ones. Well, now three since I did the silkie this morning. I'm going to continue antibiotics and observations on the others.
 

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