Entire flock lost- Ideas on disease?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by nalisea, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. nalisea

    nalisea Out Of The Brooder

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    My nightmare started about a week ago and is still going on! Our chickens range in age from 10 weeks to 1 year, our ducks are a little over a year old, and our turkeys are 8 weeks old. About 2-3 weeks ago we finally moved my daughter's show chickens, Golden Polish, out to their newly built coop. All of our younger chicks have been established in the main chicken coop for approximately a month with no problems, my roos even seems to enjoy having the little ones running about. About a week ago my daughter brings me one of my little banty hens, she had an awful case of "muddy butt" (poo that matted down the vent feathers). Of course I brought her in and gave her a little bath in the bathroom sink, after that she seemed just fine. That next day we found 4 chicks dead in the main yard, they didn't seem to have visible injuries but seemed much lighter than they should be.

    Within the next 24 hours they started dropping like flies! The symptoms started with white diarrhea, muddy butt, ruffled feathers, drooping head and wings, white liquid coming from their mouth when moved, and then they die within 12-24 hours. Instead of letting them suffer my husband and I spent some time checking each bird, if they where showing extreme symptoms we dispatched them. We were hoping to salvage at least a few of our flock. While catching our free range birds (aka the ones who escape from the chicken yard everyday) we found a wild bird dead in the yard. It showed very similar symptoms: muddy butt, ruffled feathers, and white liquid dripping from it's mouth.

    I have contacted the extension office here in our county, most of the birds where 4-H projects for my son and daughter. I was then put in contact with several poultry specialist and educators at OSU in the Animal Sciences division. So far we have come up with possible diseases: pullorum, avian influenza, and fowl cholera. The advice I was given was to completely de-populate our flock, disinfect everything with bleach and lime, and to keep from spreading the disease we were told to pretty much stay home until we are able to disinfect inside and outside the house, all of the chicken coops, the turkey room, the entire yard (not just the chicken yard), and inside our cars in addition to our shoes and clothing. I was also asked to dissect one of the bird and take pictures of everything, to cut down of the risk of transmitting any disease to the Animal Science's poultry barns.

    Any advice while I am waiting to hear a diagnosis? Not only am I greiving my lost feathered friends but I am going out of my mind trying to clean everything to keep us from getting sick!
     
  2. Niss

    Niss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, what a nightmare! I am sorry to hear about your experiance and will follow this thread to hear the outcome.
     
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    [​IMG] Hope you can find out what's going on with your flock and take proper precautions in the new flock. Don't give up, just see what avenues you can take to get some chickens!
     
  4. nalisea

    nalisea Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I never would have thought anything like this would happen to my feathered babies!
     
  5. Jerseycoop

    Jerseycoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry! [​IMG] this is truly sad. I hope you'll find out soon what disease came to devastate your flock. How horrible for you and your family.
     
  6. PAchickenlover

    PAchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so sorry to hear about your flock! Not to be rude but I am wondering where you are located? ie - state.... I'm sure there are others that are wondering the same. I don't want to sound insensative but im sure you can understand that the rest of us would like to be on the look out if we are in the same state as you are. Especially if you found a wild bird exhibiting the same symptoms. I truely am sorry about your flock and I hope you can get things back in order again. I'm sure having to clean everything is a total pain in the butt. You sound like a very determined person and im sure you can get it done. Sorry again!!!
     
  7. Jerseycoop

    Jerseycoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Maybe Ohio..she contacted OSU. Scary a wild bird could bring something like this to a backyard flock. I was wondering which state ad well [​IMG]
     
  8. Pickaduck

    Pickaduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Maybe Ohio..she contacted OSU. Scary a wild bird could bring something like this to a backyard flock. I was wondering which state ad well [​IMG]

    OSU could be in Oklahoma or Oregon as well [​IMG]
     
  9. nalisea

    nalisea Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the support! It is not rude at all, we are in an extremely rural area of South-Eastern Ohio, right near the Muskingum River. I am actually waiting to hear back from OSU about the pictures I have sent. As soon as I know anything I will definitely pass it along. So far we have not left the house for fear that we could pass this to other farms in the area. I would feel awful if someone else had to go through this.
     
  10. NewToFarming

    NewToFarming Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so sorry for your loss! [​IMG] You have to be devastated! I hope you are able to determine what it is!
     

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