Dealing with Respitory illness in my Flock

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jordanfmly, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. jordanfmly

    jordanfmly In the Brooder

    Oct 28, 2014
    Hi.. I posted a couple weeks ago. My chickens are showing all the signs of MG. We have lost 2 of our 6 chickens. One just yesterday. My Rooster is still sick, but looks like he may be improving some. Not sure yet. I am putting antibiotics in their water. my question is . I really hate to kill these chickens right now. I know we cannot ever put more in with them right now. In the spring we will want to have more, Am I going to have to put these down ? It seems so cruel to me. I hate it. We will do it if we have too. Anyone dealing with this also?
  2. N&MSchroeder

    N&MSchroeder Songster

    Feb 4, 2011
    SE Idaho
    Sorry about your situation. I would not put your chickens down until you have had confirmation that your animals are dealing with MG. Did you have a biopsy done on your dead chickens?
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Unfortunately with MG, the birds are carriers for life. However there is a vaccine you can give the new birds to prevent them from getting MG. I have never had to deal with MG and have never used this. But you might talk to a vet about this as this is a possibility for you...

    You might also build a new enclosure for the new birds and keep the two groups completely separated. However you will have to practice serious bio security to keep the bacteria from spreading to the new flock. (separate shoes, use disposable gloves, change your clothes, etc...)

    Good luck with your birds. I sure hope you can clear this up in your flock and work something out in the future without having to destroy your flock. [​IMG]
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Make sure your coop is properly ventilated.

    Also, hanging bouquets of mint, oregano, lavender, thyme and rosemary in the coop will all help your chickens' respiratory systems.
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If at all possible find out from a necropsy if this is indeed what you are dealing with.
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Hope you are able to figure out what is going on with your flock.

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