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Losing chickens/merck's/flock size/replace?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 5280native, Dec 11, 2014.

  1. 5280native

    5280native In the Brooder

    May 18, 2014
    So we bought 4 pullets on May 1st, 4 different breeds.
    They didn't lay for a while, and then fall/winter hit, so a total of 3 dozen eggs, tops. Oh well.
    They are more pets than livestock.
    1 died from what we thing was merck's (took her to the vet emergency room with a limp wing, she was fine for a month after and then got worse, had to put her down) - Wyndotte
    Now, another month later, the big and healthy Cochin just dropped dead. Was fine 3 hours ago, went to go check them for the night..boom...on her side.

    Now we only have two left. One silkie bantam (who has laid) and an easter egger (who has never laid)

    So, can 2 birds be fine together without a flock? Or do we worry that they are diseased and don't want to introduce more?

  2. pwand

    pwand Songster

    Sep 10, 2007
    BC Canada
    Can you send your bird for necropsy? Two are fine together.
  3. 5280native

    5280native In the Brooder

    May 18, 2014
    No, she's already been disposed of. It looks like she had a broken neck, so we are thinking it was a freak accident. She was 100% healthy until that moment, so.... yeah.
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    2 hens together are fine.

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