Introduced 8 new pullets, now my older girls are coughing...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Black Forest Cake, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. Black Forest Cake

    Black Forest Cake New Egg

    7
    0
    7
    Apr 22, 2011
    I have 13 hens who were laying between 9-11 eggs a day. All are between 8 and 5 mos. old. Everyone was happy and healthy until DH decided we needed 8 more pullets. About 11 days ago he brought them home and they looked healthy enough. My original 13 were flustered and dropped down to 6 eggs a day for a few days, then started to pick back up. But I think the new girls brought some bug with them, even though they all still seem healthy. DH swears he saw one of our black hens cough and throw up (do hens throw up??) last night. One of my Buff Orpingtons was coughing this evening, and one of my sex links was sitting in her dust pile and not terribly responsive at the same time. Both of those hens were shaking their heads hard frequently. Today we only got 3 eggs. DH just talked to the farmer's store and they said they sell an antibiotic to put in the water for upper respiratory illness. He's planning to pick some up tonight.

    We are completely new to chickens and are out of our league! Our kids are in love with these birds and I would hate to lose them. My son keeps talking about taking them to the vet, but...not to sound heartless, but hens are a lot cheaper than a vet bill.

    Should I quarantine the birds as they show signs of sickness? It seems like a moot point now...

    I am planning to sell at least four of the new pullets (since we'd have to expand our coop). I don't want to sell someone a sick bird, but how long of "healthy birds" should I give them before I sell them?
     
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    13,295
    18
    291
    Aug 25, 2008
    SC
    Once a respiratory disease has entered your flock it's not a good idea to sell them. [​IMG] Even after they are better and appear cured, they are still carriers for life and could make someone else's flock very ill, to the point of killing them. A very tough lesson to learn.

    Very sorry this happened to you. [​IMG] Your best bet is to either cull or close your flock.

    For future use, here is a very good thread regarding quarantine.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=12751
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:x2
     
  4. Black Forest Cake

    Black Forest Cake New Egg

    7
    0
    7
    Apr 22, 2011
    Oh, man. Thanks for your help! Sadder and wiser now...I'll see if these girls pull through and then we'll keep them apart from any other birds.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by