How do I rid my coop of disease?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Madisan, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. Madisan

    Madisan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi guys,
    So I was disappointed once again when I walked into my coop this morning and found another dead chicken. For about 4 months now I have had my chickens slowly dying off one by one. The reasoning is because I bought a hen from a poultry auction and put it with my existing chickens. After 2 weeks I realized the new hen was sick and by then she already had my other chickens sick! I now only have 4 chickens left and my rooster is sick now because he is sneezing and coughing. He has a runny nose. Just like the other chickens that have already died. I think it's some sort of respiratory disease. 2 days ago I bought 6 more week old chicks. Of course they are in the brooder right now but I refuse to put them in that diseased coop. What should I do? How should I clean it? What do I do with the existing sick chickens? I have about 5 weeks to figure something out! I can't see anymore innocent chickens dying from this!
    Thanks.
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    So sorry! You need to have a bird or birds necropsied, preferably at your state vet path lab, to get a diagnosis. Then you will know how to best move forward. Mary
     
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd cull out the existing flock. Disinfect the coop and move it if possible. If not movable then shovel out a few inches of dirt and replace. Many disease are spread via fecal matter so your soil in run could be poultry sick.

    You could get your birds tested to find out what they have and then see if there is a vaccine for the chicks. But I'd simply cull, clean and learn from the experience to quarantine new birds. A worst case would be finding the disease and then the state saying you have to cull all the birds including non sick chicks.
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Here is what you have to do. Send your sick rooster to your state poultry lab for euthanasia and necropsy.
    There is no way to tell you what you have to do to clean the coop unless you know what is ailing it.
    The reason being is that some diseases require as much as 6 months or more vacated before repopulating, some just require better ventilation.

    Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
    Florida Department of Ag and Consumer Services
    2700 N. John Young Parkway
    Kissimmee, Florida 34741
    Phone: 321-697-1423 Fax 321-697-1467
     
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  5. Madisan

    Madisan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My coop is not moveable its chain link fence that is cemented into the ground. I think I will try calling my states lab. Will they just come pick him up or do the test at my house?
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

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    It has to be taken to the lab. Ask them how they want it delivered. They have to dissect it and examine the entire bird to get to the bottom of it. They don't just look for respiratory disease. They'll go through the whole bird. A cursory exam won't get the results you need.
     
  7. Madisan

    Madisan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay. Thanks for all the help guys
     

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