Help - chickens dropping dead!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TarHeelBlue, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. TarHeelBlue

    TarHeelBlue Songster

    Jan 2, 2011
    Yukon, Oklahoma
    Hens less that 1 year old, finding them dead in the coop. One at at time. I am not noticing coughs, watery eyes, sneezing or drainage. the only odd thing I have seen is a milk chocolate colored poop that looks like pudding. Any suggestions? Antibiotics? I don't know where to start. No one "looks" sick, but I have found 3 so far , with the last one just now, dead on the floor.
  2. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    I'm so sorry to hear about your losses. I cant really help you, but maybe someone else can. [​IMG]
  3. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

    Apr 7, 2010
    could you perhaps give a bit more detail like breed of hens, surroundings, housing, diet?
    also when were they last wormed, have they ever been treated for lice/mites?
  4. gmachicken

    gmachicken Songster

    Jan 18, 2010
    Grants Pass, OR
    Hi TarHeelBlue, So sorry to here of your girls.
    Just today we had the same thing happen with one of ours. I'm not certain of her age probably at least a year. We got her about mid January with 4 others. No one seems sick.
    Last evening when it was roosting time I noticed that she was not with the rest. She was across the yard all by herself. She'd pick at her feet a little and move about when I got close but other wise just stayed put. I gave here a few minutes then forced the situation as it was getting dark. She made it to the coop with a bit of coaxing then went to the corner and I caught her and put her in a box. My daughter found her this AM and no one seemed to have pecked at her or anything.

    She is a Cochin Bantam.

    We have chicks, 4 with a hen, and the others, (now 7) are in and out of the coop. What do we need to do to prevent or help this possible not spread what ever it is.

    We feed them an all-in-one layer crumble and some Omega stuff, sorry cannot come up with the name.
    We live in Southern Oregon
    They are mostly loose in the yard. So there are other birds about and cats.
    Never wormed and last time I dusted for mites was in the Fall.

    I thank you to for your thoughts on this.
  5. twister

    twister Songster

    Sep 12, 2009
    my guess would be contaminated feed. so sorry for your losses
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    Lice or mites or worms...probably all three. Visually inspect them for lice/mites. Take a poop sample to a vet and have them check for worms, they'll aso check for cocci.
  7. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Your state vet school should have a necropsy program at a reasonable price. Advisable to do this if you lose more than one bird suddenly.
  8. TarHeelBlue

    TarHeelBlue Songster

    Jan 2, 2011
    Yukon, Oklahoma
    haven't wormed them, guess I should. What is the best thing to use?? and how much?
  9. chickengrl

    chickengrl Songster

    Sep 30, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    I have used wazine in the water, but we are going to switch to the Ivermectin Eprinex pour on made for cattle. You put it on the back of the neck on the skin and it kills internal worms AND external lice, and mites. I like the idea of getting them all at the same time. there is no egg withdrawal, so you can eat the eggs. I think it is 0.5 cc for large fowl. Someone correct me if that doesnt sound right. It is a little more pricey, but knocks out 2 problems with one product. Hope that helps.
  10. TarHeelBlue

    TarHeelBlue Songster

    Jan 2, 2011
    Yukon, Oklahoma
    I just bought some of this-Ivermectin pour on for cattle - Anybody know the correct dose?/ I have seen everything from drops to the .5cc for large fowl?? and no egg withdrawal???? that sounds great Is this right? Need correct dose and can we eat the eggs??? Thanks Chickengirl!!!!

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