Illness wiping out flock. HELP!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jkslb08, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. Jkslb08

    Jkslb08 Out Of The Brooder

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    We lost a leghorn today from the same apparent illness that took out our RIR in the fall.

    Symptoms as follows:

    Hen has more pronounced droppings on bottom.
    Hen stops laying.
    Hen acts like the want to lay but cannot.
    Abdomen of hen gets more swollen and hard as time goes on.
    Hens more lethargic, lays down regularly, and does not bounce back after treatments of copper sulfate, cleaning off bottom, and rounds of antibiotics.

    Any insight as to what is causing this? How can we prevent this?
     
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  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    are they egg bound? what is copper for? i am not familiar with it.
     
  3. Jkslb08

    Jkslb08 Out Of The Brooder

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    Our RIR was down and out with this illness for a long time so we can rule out egg bound I believe.

    The copper sulfate was to treat them for suspected vent gleet but they have no white spots to indicate thrush. Total mystery for us.
     
  4. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    i am sorry i hope someone can help.
     
  5. FluffyPuff

    FluffyPuff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Obviously take them to the vet but right now you need to separate the healthy from the sick. This is a common chicken killer. So take to see a vet immediately unless you are on a tight budget. Usually those kinds of illness cannot be treated and your chickens will die. But have faith! They maybe survivors with the right treatment!
     
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Inspect them for lice/mites, worm them with valbazen liquid cattle/sheep wormer or safeguard liquid goat wormer.
     
  7. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    well, i guess there is no need for me to ask dawg, or you wouldnt be on here but i didnt know worms could kill. is it a certain kind or just because they wear them down ??[​IMG] heart worms in dogs i know can.
     
  8. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Yes worms can kill chickens...had it happen to my flock.
     
  9. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    What age are your birds? Did you raise them? Did you use any treatments besides copper sulfate? How much copper sulfate did you add per gallon of water, and for how long?
     
  10. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    thank you for your answer. i never thought of it. luckily i od my on ivermectin. lol i was trying to give them the small pea size and i squirted the whole thing out . they gobbled it up before i said boo ! didnt hurt them though. leg mites are gone. hahha did it kill your whole flock?
     

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