How to cull my entire flock of 60+ chickens?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DanielKYantis, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. ricebabyca

    ricebabyca Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 4, 2015
    I am so happy for you! Hope it all works out okay and that they test negative for the diseases that aren't treatable!
  2. Shan30

    Shan30 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 17, 2012
    Vancouver island

    This sounds like an excellent option! I was going to recommend that you ask for the cost of only the lab tests. When we went through this (MG, culled everything) we found out that lab tests were only $3 per test per sample. We bought the equipment at our local farm store and watched a few videos on how to draw the blood and went from there.

    Your way sounds easier but I'm glad we learned how to do it for the future.

    If it comes down to culling them, we decided to make sure there was no (or as little as possible) blood due to the fact that we were dealing with a highly contagious disease that effects wildlife. A rake handle on the ground was quick, or as quick as culling 40+ birds can be.

    Hoping you get a negative test for MG but thought I'd add my $.02!
  3. DanielKYantis

    DanielKYantis Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 9, 2015
    Austin, Texas
    $10.75 total cost for tests on 5 birds for MM / MS, just an hour drive... same day response though.
    Quote: Went to Callahan's and was told that 80% of the chickens grown on open farms have it (in this area).
    If culling entire flock have to replace neighbors birds too... we share a fence where birds sleep on both sides...
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2015
  4. DanielKYantis

    DanielKYantis Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 9, 2015
    Austin, Texas
    Also, Ideal Poultry says this:
    Quote: This is where Callahan's gets their chicks...
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2015
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  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Sorry about the positive MG diagnosis. It is probably true that in areas where there are commercial poultry farms or many people who raise chickens, there is a high percentage of MG. Extreme heat in coops, poor air circulation, dust from feed or bedding, wet or mold, and ammonia odor from droppings can all contribute to respiratory diseases.

    You may want to get some Denagard, a drug that has been used for decades in Europe (but not FDA approved for chickens in the US) that is prescribed for treatment and prevention of MG. A lot of people on this forum have used it to help control the disease in their flocks. Here is some information about it, but I would read through some of it to make sure of the right dosage and the best places to obtain it):
  6. MrsBrooke

    MrsBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2014
    Magnolia, Texas
  7. rides2far

    rides2far Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 9, 2014
    Bakersfield California
    Wow, that is just too bad. I purchased my chicks from Ideal. We've had no issues so far. (Purchased in March as 1 day olds). I'm curious as to the timing of the outbreak. Do you think the stress of being at a feed store for awhile, then being placed with other chickens could affect their immune system, thus allowing the disease to 'pop' up. I'm really sorry this happened to you. What do you guys think?
  8. Kelfeathers

    Kelfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2015
    Marengo, Ohio
    I had a myco pulmonis flare up in my rats due to stress. The stress weakened their immune systems so it bloomed in the carriers. I think it would be the same for chickens. Of course, the first rat to show signs was my favorite. We spent over $1,000 to get my colony fixed up, but I could never use them for breeding or bring in new breeding stock. Thankfully those that survived lived full lives without another myco flare up.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2015
  9. DanielKYantis

    DanielKYantis Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 9, 2015
    Austin, Texas
    Well I just can't kill them all knowing I could just get new sick birds or get clean birds that get sick from my neighbors.

    So I'm treating them. All the older birds are no longer showing signs. It's passed through about 3/4 of my teenagers (broilers). And I think we are almost done with this "flare up". I have 1 chick (1 month old) that has been sneezing for about 10 days. I can't give it shots it's just too small. And I have 16 2 week old welsummer chicks that I've got separated and working hard not contaminate.

    Plus I have an incubator full of eggs that will hatch in the next few days. Those will have MG due to parents having it. I was told by the vet that 1 in 5 will be positive when hatched. So I don't have any idea how to handle that.

    My original goal was to have a small egg farm. The MG is not spreadable to humans and the eggs are safe as far as I can figure.
  10. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2014
    Keep us posted. So glad you got them tested and you educated yourself before culling.

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