Losing chickens, please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BarrettRanch, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. BarrettRanch

    BarrettRanch Hatching

    Jul 20, 2014
    I'm hoping someone can help us figure out what is going on with our flock. We began losing a bird every 3 days or so about a month and a half ago. These birds are approx. 4 months old. At first we thought it was the weeds all around our hen house as we had just started letting them free range. We were unaware that most weeds around the farm (nettles, burdock, pig weed, etc) were toxic. We have never had the issue with our older hens. So we sprayed all the weeds and kept them locked in for almost a week. We hadn't lost one in a while so we thought we were in the clear, until we lost a few more, a few days apart. We have now removed them from the hen house and put them in a chicken tractor to somewhat isolate them from other factors we'd been considering including algae in the water. Well, we lost another one today after being in the chicken tractor for 3 days. We have not lost any of our 1 and 2 year old hens, just the younger ones. There are really no symptoms until they begin to act lethargic, their legs don't seem to work, feet are curled under and breathing becomes slower until they die which happens fairly quickly after the symptoms are noticed. The only thing I have noticed in this whole time was this morning there was what looked like one of them was passing blood. And after seeing that this morning, one of the barred rocks is on her way out. Any ideas??
  2. welasharon

    welasharon Songster

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    I would treat them for cocci just in case. It kills quickly. If it's not that it won't hurt.
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida

    right away
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    X3. Get some Corid (amprollium) from the cattle section of the feed store. Dosage is 2 tsp of the liquid (or 1.5 tsp of the powder) per gallon of water for 5-7 days as their only source of water. After completion of the Corid, put them on poultry vitamins and probiotics in the water for a few days.
  5. BarrettRanch

    BarrettRanch Hatching

    Jul 20, 2014
    Thank you for your responses and dosage suggestions! That was the next thing I was going to try. I'll keep you all posted!

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