Have lost 3 chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bloominchickens, May 4, 2009.

  1. bloominchickens

    bloominchickens New Egg

    Apr 28, 2009
    About 10 days ago I picked up 8 pullets (about 10 weeks old) All looked good. I put them in with my existing flock (3 silver lace wyandots, 2 barred rocks, 1 banty, 1 silkie (my pettin' chicken) Big mistake I know now.....everyone seemed okay, I fixed a new area in the barn for the pullets and got them moved (they spent 1 night in the coop) The next am 1 of the pullets was dead. No symptoms that I saw.....with my other girls....some of them have stopped laying, everyone eating, pooping, etc., 3 days ago 1 of the barred rocks died and today 1 of the silver lace......fed them all treats this am, everyone eager and perky, then gone. Crop seems ok, vent seems ok, Looked everyone else over, they seem fine. I've looked at the poop, no signs of worms. Any ideas?
  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Sorry for your loss. The sudden death of several birds without sign/symptom really requires a necroscopy. Two diseases that can kill in this manner (apparently healthy birds dropping dead) Fowl Cholera and Acute Mareks. Not sure if 10 days exposure would be sufficient incubation time, however.

    If at all possible get a necroscopy.

    Good luck!
  3. motherbear

    motherbear Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 12, 2008
    CA Gold Country
    I'm SO sorry!! [​IMG]
  4. NotTheMomma

    NotTheMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    OH my! How scary, and heartbreaking!

    Have you noticed anything different in their droopings?

    What are you feeding?

    Could it be the stress of moving?

    I have no idea, and grasping at straws here. HOpe someone else knows!!

    You're in my thoughts and prayers!
  5. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    no idea what happened (get a necropsy is my advice) but wanted to say that when you purchase new birds, you should always ask if they have been vaccinated for anything ... do not add vaccinated birds if yours are not and vice versa.
  6. bloominchickens

    bloominchickens New Egg

    Apr 28, 2009
    Just want to say thanks for the support, everyone is doing ok since my last post. Looking and acting healthy and laying again.
    I still have no idea what the problem was??? Anyway thanks again, I really appreciate this source of support and information.
  7. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    I completely agree- sudden death this no symptoms, needs a necropsy by a professional. No ifs/ands/buts.


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