my checken"s cone is drying up and dying, need help asap

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by craneop7, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. craneop7

    craneop7 New Egg

    Apr 23, 2009
    [​IMG] my checken's cone is drying up. Then they dont want to walk around, they just set there. and before you know it there are dying. They have fresh water and food. There about 5 years old. I dont know what im doing wrong. They have plenty of room to run around. I clean there coop out. Its not hot weather, nor very cold. They have hay in there coop to keep warm.
  2. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    Not sure what's wrong but its not a "cone". Its called a comb.
  3. Huny

    Huny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2008
    Sunny Southern Arizona
    If the comb is drying up, they are dehydrating. Because they aren't getting water. If they are 5 years old and had a hard life they might be dying of old age, gettin lethargic and such.
  4. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    A sick chicken can get a very pale comb, indicating illness and needing help....
    How many birds do you have and how many are sick or have died? When did the problem start?
    Have you introduced any new birds to this flock lately?
    What kinds of foods do you feed them?
    The fresh water - is it fresh daily and in very clean containers?
    Do they have oyster shell available?
    Are they laying eggs?
    Have they been (de)wormed?
    Get some poultry vitamins - Durvet makes a vitamin and elctrolyte formula that can be put in their water (this is short term, maybe for a few days). OR Avia Charge 2000 can be added to their water daily (can be ordered on line).
  5. craneop7

    craneop7 New Egg

    Apr 23, 2009
    i give them water when they get low. no they are not eatting oster shells know, they have before thow. How do you know if they have worms? 2 have died. and a few more are getting dryed combs.please reply thank you.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2009
  6. chickenhick

    chickenhick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    did they get too cold? sometimes they get frostbite
  7. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    I would say maybe you need to give clean water EVERY DAY
    chickens do not do well with bad water
    also what kind of feed are they eating
    just corn or are they on commercial feed?

    Also if they are 5 yrs old they will be gone without any hesitation if you can't find some clean water

    lack of clean water is life threating to a chickens health

    are you in the hills of virginia?
    maybe your water is poisoned by some kind of chemicals?
  8. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Sometimes you can see the worms in the poo. Most vets will do a fecal float test and tell you what they have and what to treat it with. Or if you feel you have sen worms, you can get wormer from the feed store -- but I am not familiar with what to use -- seems to me Ivermectin is supposed to get most worms, but I could be all wet here.

    If they are 5 years old and you have never wormed them, it is a good possibility this is the problem.
  9. craneop7

    craneop7 New Egg

    Apr 23, 2009
    my chickens are doing fine now thanks ,for the advice.
    it was the water.

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