Help - my chickens are dying and I don't know why!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Farmer Trish, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. Farmer Trish

    Farmer Trish Out Of The Brooder

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    I have lost 4 out of 4 hens that I bought as day olds 2 years ago. I've lost them gradually over a year so I initially thought it might have been a problem with where I bought them. They stopped laying eggs and 2-3 months later just went quiet for a day and then died, just like that. I've had other mixed breed hens and roosters that seem to be going fine, except for a young hen that died from a huge tumor near her ear recently. Again I thought this was unrelated. However, I have just had a friend's hen stay with us for 2 weeks and she seemed to be going well (& laying fine), then yesterday was very quiet and didn't do much then this morning she was dead! Obviously something is wrong but I don't know where to start!
    Thanks in advance for your help.
    Trish
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    If you lost 4 chickens over a year, I would send the next dead one for a necropsy. I would also be suspicious of Marek's. Keep an eye on the other ones, feel for their keel bone every week or so, and see if they waste away.
     

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