Dying chickens : (

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by nichola87, Jul 15, 2016.

  1. nichola87

    nichola87 New Egg

    Jul 15, 2016
    Hi, hoping for a little advice please!! We had 14 girls and in the last week and a half we have lost 3!! We have never experienced anything like this before! None of them have shown any signs of illness/weakness at all, no marks on them or any visible signs that anything is wrong. Please help!
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Sorry to hear you have lost 3 of your flock, it's always so sad when flock members are lost. I see you have posted in the emergency section, I'm sure members there will be able to help you out.

    Good luck and enjoy your time here on BYC :frow
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] Hello, glad to have you join us but so, so sorry about your losses.

    I would be concerned enough to pursue having the lost chickens necropsied.

    Many states have poultry labs that perform that function with no or minimal cost but you would have had to keep their bodies refrigerated or in an iced cooler to get this done. You can google your state for poultry labs or contact your county agent for advice.

    Also make sure to inspect your feed for mold or spoilage, if you have just opened a new bag of feed - replace it with new. Check their water supply for anything unusual. Inspect the coop/run area or foraging areas for anything that may explain this.

    It is hard to lose any flock member, but without any sign of illness, injury or warning, I would find it devastating. It is best to find out what happened to try to protect the remaining flock.

    Again, so sorry about your losses [​IMG] and hope the rest of the flock don't have any issues.
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    So sorry for your losses.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I agree with Sunflour, find out what you are dealing with via vet necropsy while you still have some birds left.

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