Help! 2 Chickens died today. What to do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by hunter, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. hunter

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    We are very new to raising chickens.
    We have 32 chickens that are about 8-9 months old.
    We are getting 27- 29 eggs a day.
    This morning we found one chicken dead, and then this afternoon their was another one.
    I forgot to mention they were not killed by a predator.
    What do we need to check for? We live in Northern NY, they free range during the day. But have been inside due to snow and cold since yesterday.

    Please help. Thanks
     
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2008
  2. omelette'smom

    omelette'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm very sorry! They free range on only your property? is it possible they got into some kind of pesticide or rodent bait? I would keep them inside and follow their tracks if possible to see where they go. other than that i can't help you![​IMG]
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    No evidence on the bodies? Diet, anything changing in their evironment, how much space do they have? Are they stressed, were they thin before death? Any signs... more info may be helpful.
     
  4. omelette'smom

    omelette'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you may want to move this post to illness/injury! there may be some signs to look for to see if any other birds have been effected. they may be able to help you check for egg bound chickens or something!
     
  5. hunter

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    omelette'smom :

    I'm very sorry! They free range on only your property? is it possible they got into some kind of pesticide or rodent bait? I would keep them inside and follow their tracks if possible to see where they go. other than that i can't help you![​IMG]

    They do free range but they stick pretty close to our house. We don't have any rodent bait. ??? [​IMG]

    any other suggestions?​
     
  6. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    Lice or mites? Flip them over and look at their bumm, do you see creepy crawlies....if so get some SEVIN dust from the farm and home and give them a good dusting, sprinkle some where they dust bathe too!
     
  7. hunter

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    omelette'smom :

    you may want to move this post to illness/injury! there may be some signs to look for to see if any other birds have been effected. they may be able to help you check for egg bound chickens or something!

    How do I move this thread? Sorry I am pretty new to these boards.​
     
  8. hunter

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    Quote:The 1st one had no signs of stress, but the 2nd chicken looked like the other chickens picked at it.

    No change in diet, they are pretty fat. And we are pretty sure they have enough space. my husband did research this.
     
  9. hunter

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    Quote:look at the dead ones or the ones alive? Sorry for being so dumb. The chickens are really my husbands thing.

    Thanks for all the responses.
     
  10. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Make sure there is plenty of ventilation in their coop since they are not coming out during the snow. Do any of them have "snotty" noses or difficulty breathing? If so, you need start treating them for CRD by putting medication in their water.

    Do a search for CRD and you'll learn more than you want to know. [​IMG]
     

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