Hello fellow Chicken Lovers!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ang87, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. Ang87

    Ang87 In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2016
    I wish I came to you with a fun story, but I am in need of some advice.

    About 2 months ago, our chickens started laying! YAY!! We were so excited! Well...today one passed. I really thought she was getting better, she was walking around and everything! Now, a second one is showing the same symptoms that the other one that passed today was. These symptoms include:

    -not laying anymore (none of the three)
    -unstable, wobbly when they try to get up and walk-fall to one side
    -droopy eyes
    -and just sitting around the water

    We have Golden Wyandotte's. The food they eat is large pellet AllWay (what my local feed store suggested) as well as chicken scratch (they like picking at the corns and sunflower seeds) :) They also pick at the fruit and nut mix that falls from the wild bird feeders. From time to time I also throw out melons and other fresh treats. For calcium I use ground up egg shells. They also have multiple water bowls around the yard that are changed out daily.

    I've raised these boogers from 6weeks old, and now I feel like I'm killing the poor things. I just don't know what I'm doing wrong and could really use the advise. This is our first go at the backyard chicken life, feel free to lecture me! I have to learn somehow :) I'd just rather not lose anymore chickens in the learning process!!

  2. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello Ang!

    I am sorry you seem to be having issues with your chickens, that is never fun! You may consider moving this to the emergencies page. What I would start doing is immediately clean out and sanitize the coop. I would boil 4 quarts of water, with about 8 cloves of garlic, then let it steep before you strain the garlic out. Add that to their water with about 1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (use something like Braggs, brands like Great Value and My Essentials will not do any good.) This will boost their immune system. You sound like you are taking good care of them, don't beat yourself up, death and diseases happen and sometimes all it takes is an infected songbird to fly through and eat some of their food, poop and leave diseases and boom, your flock keels over, and you could not have done anything to stop it. BTW, I LOVE Golden Laced Wyandottes, I have 3. I just lost five to a weasel though.

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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Ang, and :welcome. Great to have you with us but sorry to hear about your flock. I agree about posting in the forum Cuz suggested. Good luck to you and hang in there!
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  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    could your birds have gotten into moldy food, pesticide, weed killers, that maybe a neighbor has sprayed?

    I think they are sick enough to be seen by a vet. By the time you receive suggestions on line, could be too late. If not , at least when the next one passes please have a vet do a necropsy, so you know what is killing them.
  6. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

    Oh man! So sorry. Go check out that site and post what's going on. :/
  7. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Def. do a necropsy like diva suggested.

  8. 3520

    3520 In the Brooder

    Aug 30, 2016
    Dying chickens make me sad. [​IMG] I do think you should see a vet,and perhaps they could diognose a problem,and get treatment.On the other hand,[​IMG]

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