Lost all of my babies.. Please Help.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by GoldenChicks16, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. GoldenChicks16

    GoldenChicks16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I'm in desperate search for answer as to what happened with my chicks.. Here we go:
    At the beginning of November I took in a friends seven hens. She was loosing her home and gave me everything for free, her coop, her feed, her girls, everything. Knowing her hens were healthy as I saw them pretty often and did a quick health check before doing this, I put them in with the rest of my flock.. That's not where things went wrong. She had informed me that one of her two Golden Laced Wynadottes was broody for sometime, and observing this myself, I put her with the babies. She was not getting along with the other hens or rooster at all, but instantly became a mother to these chicks. She continued laying eggs for the next day. Two days after I placed her in the baby pen, I found her dead, babies still snuggled under her trying to stay warm. I promptly did a check for any mites or any other common things wrong. Nothing. I rid of her body and things seemed to be fine for a while. A couple days later, I found one of my Old English Bantam chicks dead. I didnt think much of it since they were still somewhat young, checked the body, found nothing, and got rid of it. About two weeks later tragedy struck the coop. I would find a dead chick almost every morning. Nothing seemed to be wrong with them, they would seem fine when I left them for the day but when I came back would be dead. One day I noticed one of the chicks was extremely week and had one eye closed. I took the chick home thinking that maybe I could save it. That night the chick showed the following symptoms:
    *Foaming in the mouth almost as if spit was collecting and wouldnt go down
    *A clicking from his chest/throat whenever he would breathe
    *Lethargic
    *Not eating or drinking
    *Extremely weak
    *Eyes were shut tight and would not open them
    *Discharge from nose
    Poop was normal. Later that morning he died. I found lice on him the night I brought him home but not enough to cause a problem. As a precaution I went ahead and put Diatomacous Earth in thier coop after I cleaned everything out and dusted the chicks. At this point I had two of my Old English bantam chicks, two Golden Comet chicks, two Silkies, and a Turkin/Silkie cross (my little boy)... That helped for a couple night until I found my blonde Old English chick dead.. the following dead my Turkin died.. the next day the last Old English died. With my silkies still alive and clinging on to hope I separated them into breeding cages, dusted them with DE again, even though they didnt have mites, and hoped for the best. Today everyone was perfectly fine and healthy. Can anybody please tell me what happened in order to prevent this again?[​IMG]
     
  2. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

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    I am so desperately sorry for your losses.. sorry to say but DE is not effective against lice/mites... however many were apparent... they can and will kill your flock if you do not use Sevin or permethryn to erradicate the problem.

    I am not saying that lice or mites killed your flock... there may have been a virus that you could have done nothing about...but please be aware that DE will not help you get rid of any lice/mites problem.

    Again, I am so very sorry
     
  3. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

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    Was there by any chance any foul smell from the heads of the sick chickens?
     
  4. GoldenChicks16

    GoldenChicks16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No foul smell and I didnt know that it wasnt effective! Always have given it for my girls to lay in and roll around in along with the regular dirt..
     
  5. lbrykowski2011

    lbrykowski2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry for your loss. I use DE(food grade) as a preventative to alot of things, but not as a treatment. I have a friend who had mites and she dusted them with sevin and they were gone immediately and her flock is ok.
     
  6. GoldenChicks16

    GoldenChicks16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much! Can anybody explain the clicking, foaming, and eye shutting that went with this and why mites/lice would cause this if they can.
     
  7. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi there,
    Sorry about your babies, it's very distressing. In looking through Storeys' chicken health handbook, there are a couple of things that might fit: infectious laryngotracheitis or infectious bronchitis. Both of these have wet eyes, nasal discharge & rattling. These 2 diseases are apparently common. I hope the others survive, [​IMG] Sue
     
  8. GoldenChicks16

    GoldenChicks16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much. I think the mother hen might have contracted it and I put her in with the babies as soon as she was showing signs.. The laryngotracheitis would explain why the chickens were fine for a few days and then all started dropping like flies... Hope my other for babies will be okay.. They are not showing the same symptoms that the others were.. Maybe the chicks were just to young to survive it?
     
  9. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    The young & the old are always the first to go (same with humans)! Keeping my fingers crossed for ya, Sue
     
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  10. GoldenChicks16

    GoldenChicks16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much!
     

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