Help! My chickens are dropping dead with no warning!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicks 'n ducks, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. Chicks 'n ducks

    Chicks 'n ducks Songster

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    Hello,
    I have been struggling with some nasty disease in my flock of silkies. It started in fall of last year when I had one of my first chickens, a silkie pullet, get sick. she wasn't acting herself, not much of an appetite, hunched. Then, the next day or so, she was struggling to breathe/wheezing. I was trying everything to help her. then, she dropped to her side, not being able to stand. died maybe 30 minutes later. Second time was later that year, with another silkie pullet, I found her in the morning, not able to stand, wheezing, died 30 minutes later. 3rd time was different. My silkie pullet struggled/acted sick for maybe a month or more before finally dying like the others. Then, last night, I had my one and only EE pullet start acting sick. (wheezing/laboured breath) I put her in a kennel with layer mash and electrolyte water. She was dead this morning. Excuse my language, but what in hell could this awful disease be? It's completely DEVASTATING.
     
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  2. Helloworld

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    Bloody stool or just respiratory?

    Gape worm?
     
  3. Texas Kiki

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  4. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Enlightened

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    Are you noticing any gnats or flies around your coop right now?
     
  5. Chicks 'n ducks

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  6. Chicks 'n ducks

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    Yes, a far amount of flies around the coop and yard, no gnats.
     
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  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    BarnhartChickens98 Crowing

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    i believe kiki was asking because buffalo gnats have been killing chickens. Have you noticed any bloody poo?
     
  9. Chicks 'n ducks

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    no bloody poo, that I no of.
     

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