Had to Cull my First!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by catdaddy66, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Songster

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    Yep, today is the first hen I have had to cull since starting down this chicken odyssey in 2/2010. Went out to the new coop to gather eggs and there was one of my EE's sitting in a nest box looking like a wet rat. Her feathers were at least 50% gone and she was draining mucus from her beak. There was no neurological s/s like uncoordinated gait, crooked neck, etc. Would coccidiosis be a possibility? I do not think it is Marek's. I will be watching the flock very closely for the next few days for similar s/s. How quickly can respiratory conditions spread or develop? I hadn't seen it sick over the last couple of days...

    Any ideas? All replies are appreciated!
  2. BasicallyHeather

    BasicallyHeather Chirping

    Aug 4, 2011
    Lowellville, Ohio
    I wish I had some answers for you [​IMG] I am so sorry for your loss. That's a very difficult thing to have to do, but I think that you made the right choice. [​IMG]

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