Dead Hen - Do I worry about the others?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jboudreau, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. jboudreau

    jboudreau Out Of The Brooder

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    We had a chicken die tonight - I "think" due to worms - by the time I realized what was ailing her - it was too late. I did give her dewormer, but again, too late. Anyway, she was separate from the other girls for a couple of days. The other girls aren't showing any signs - but do I treat them for worms?
     
  2. edselpdx

    edselpdx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If she had worms, the others do, too. You need to treat them all before anyone else gets that sick. She might've been too far along to save, but if that's what killed her, the others will get sicker, too. Don't forget to to *not* eat eggs for the prescribed time.

    sj
     
  3. jboudreau

    jboudreau Out Of The Brooder

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    How do I know if she really had worms? or not. I am just guessing here.
     
  4. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens with worm overload so bad that death occurs will generally show some signs of illness prior to death, such as weight and feather loss, pale comb, slowed or no egg production, and general ill thrift. You may or may not see evidence of worms in the chicken's poop. I agree with the post that if you suspect your chickens have worm overload, all should be treated. If there were no obvious signs of illness before death it could have been due to a laying issue. How old was your hen and what were her symptoms before she died?
     
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  5. jboudreau

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    She was weak, lost weight, pale comb - I did give her a de-wormer yesterday but obviously it was too late. I will treat all hens now. From what I've been reading, it's better to just treat routinely. Right?
     
  6. jboudreau

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    oh and she completely stopped laying about a month ago.
     

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