Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kimfischer, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. kimfischer

    kimfischer Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 21, 2013
    NE Iowa
    OK, i heard lots of you said that your chickens are fine one day and are found dead the next so i started to read. in the book Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens pg. 167 i found a disease that caught my eye. it's called Septicecemia. it occurs when an infection reaches the bloodstream. signs include weakness, listlessness, lack of appeite, chills, fever, dark or purpleish head, prostration, and death. Acute septicecemia hits a bird so fast that it can drop in its tracks. but most septicecemia cause reduced appitite and weight loss before death, the classic indication of acute septicecemia is the sudden death of an apparently healthy bird that has a full crop and in good flesh.
    but i am sorry to say there is no cure to this that i know of.
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Septicemia is the same as the old fashioned term "blood poisoning." It is an overwhelming infection of the blood, not really a disease. It is usually treated with antibiotics.
  3. War Chicken

    War Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2011
    Blood should be sterile, free of bacteria. If there is a bad infection, bacteria can get into the blood circulation and spread to different organ systems.

    Another problem caused by septicemia is disseminated intravascular coagulation:


    Clots start forming in the wrong places and if one gets loose and goes to the heart, lung, or brains, you have a stroke and can drop dead rather suddenly.
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