Dying flock - loosing 1 every few weeks since Xmas

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by max.whitecat, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. max.whitecat

    max.whitecat New Egg

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    I have a few Golden Comets, couple leghorns & a few tufty cheek girls.
    Had the GCs first, then the 4H group gave us 2 leghorn hens & 1 rooster. (One of these had a dirty bottom constantly -but seemed fine as did the others for the first 6months). A neighbour hatched 15 mixed chicks for us last July. They all went in together in Oct/Nov. All was well until about Xmas. Moved them from their penned coop to a large barn for the winter. But one of the mixed chicks - rooster, seemed unable to stand & was getting picked on. I thought his legs were not strong enough for his big body. He passed away quietly one night. Since then I've been loosing about 1 every 6 weeks. One will just go off into a corner to be quiet, not eat or drink, then pass away in the night - now its getting more frequent. When I spotted one of the mixed chicks group I picked her up to separate her off from the rest & clear fluid came out of her beak&nostrils. From spotting one looking forlorn & wanting to be alone to them dying is 24-48 hours. I only have 6 girls left from 16.
    I clean out the coop daily & the waterer. THey have fresh straw (get cleaned out when one dies).
    They are on laying krumbs & veg / bread / fruit scraps. They free range within a large penned area. There was evidence of diorhea a while ago - but none now.
    I did clean out during the winter leaving the old straw & krumbs by the coop steps - cleared that away now, but its still 'soggy' - cant do much more than that...
    No question of poisoning.
    We are in the countryside - so have wild birds & squirrals, bats chipmonks all around. Bats & chipmonk are in the coop roof.
    The girls I have left all seem healthy & laying fine - I am wondering if there is a vitamin supplement that I could give them to help them fight any possible infections.Or should I get them an antibiotic or some kind of booster - I'll be heartbroken if they all go. I've got one little treasure with a slipped beak & no eye (beakey) as she was bitten by a mink when a chick 12months ago - but shes a survivor & just loves to eat & be scratched. Any suggestions would be welcome. Many thanks
    Lisa in Nova Scotia.
     
  2. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    So sad, so sorry to hear this. As you know, these are huge losses. If you just lost another recently enough to get it necropsied please do so the death toll can be stopped. Not sure where in Nova Scotia you can have this done but avian vets should know. Universities with vet schools probably can help.
    JJ

    (Get Avia Charge 2000 or Rooster Booster or similar on line - these are nutritional supplements)
     

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