Decision to be made about culling babies

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Owner of Elvis, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. Owner of Elvis

    Owner of Elvis In the Brooder

    May 22, 2009
    My neighbor bought 36 chickens ranging from 3 days to 4-5 months about 3 weeks ago at an auction. They brought them home and put the 8 -3 day old chicks in their garage and the older chickens they placed directly in with their flock. Mistake, I know. Within days their prior 30+ pullets and 2 roos were lethargic and the layers completely quit laying and several of the older birds died. To date they are up moving around and acting normal yet are not laying.

    This week the owner had a family death and left on Fri. and won't be back until next week. She called me on Wed. to see if I would take the 8 babies. I said yes without thinking....just trying to help. The 8 babies are currently quarantined away from my laying flock.

    The advice they've been given is to cull the entire flock. Another board I read on said to cull the older chickens and keep the new ones that they are carriers but do not have whatever disease it is.

    What do I do with these babies? Return them...cull them???

    Because of their age I wouldn't put them with the others for at least 7-8 weeks. They act normal, look normal but I don't know if they were sick any during those 3 weeks prior to my getting them.

    Don't know what to do??? HELP!!!
  2. Frecklely

    Frecklely In the Brooder

    Jul 11, 2010
    You Can't Cull your neighbors chicks!! That would be up to them, not you.
  3. Owner of Elvis

    Owner of Elvis In the Brooder

    May 22, 2009
    Sorry...must not have explained myself well enough...they're MY chicks...she gave them to me.
  4. Owner of Elvis

    Owner of Elvis In the Brooder

    May 22, 2009
    The main symptom now with her older flock is that they are not laying.
  5. Afrochicken

    Afrochicken Chirping

    Aug 7, 2010
    Toms River, NJ
    thats a tricky decision. if you put them by your flock and the symptoms come, defintly cull them.... good luck!! [​IMG]
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have read advice on this message board before about putting a "disposable" chicken in with the quarantined ones before you integrate the two flocks, for some time, to see if it gets sick.

    Disposable as in, better one chicken than your whole flock dying. Not trying to be insensitive!

    That is probably what I would do.

    Tough choice.
  7. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
    First off it needs to be determined what the birds have before a course of action can be taken. There are several factors that can throw a hen off the lay and many of them have nothing to do with illness.

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