My chickens are dying.....Please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Princefarms12, Sep 15, 2015.

  1. Princefarms12

    Princefarms12 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new at raising chickens and we have had great luck with them until the last month. Every day my kids and I go out numerous times a day to pet the chickens and make sure they have everything that they need. A month ago we went out to feed and all my girls came running to me like normal, but when I turned around I saw one laying on the ground dead. They were all fine the night before that. I figured it was a fight between the hens that killed her, since she had a mouth full of feathers.

    But this morning I went out like normal to check on everyone, and I seen another chicken dead. I am starting to get worried about them. We have invested so much money and time I don't want to loose anymore. I just don't know what could possible be going on. My kids and I are very worried that we will find more dead chickens. Please Help !!![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

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    Welcome to BYC! I am sorry you have come under these circumstances, but with a little more informaiton we may be able to help you.
    What breed(s) are your birds? How old are the birds and how long have you had them? How many birds total are you keeping? What condition was the bird you found today in? Are your birds free-range 24/7, confined at night or confined to a coop and run at all times?
     
  3. Princefarms12

    Princefarms12 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm sorry I am so upset about the situation I forgot all that info. I purchased them in March 2015 as chicks. I have Rhode island reds, barred rock, and in June I purchased 6 ameraucanas for a total of 20 chickens. We were letting them free range for most of the summer, then we enlarged the coop that we had so we put them back in the coop last week.

    Both of my chickens that died were Rhode island reds. The first one I found her on her back with he head stuck under something so I figured that which ever chicken attacked her just got her pinned down. But the one today was just laying on her side on the floor of the indoor part of the coop.

    And another question I have now is since they had started laying eggs already, should i worry about the eggs that I currently have?[​IMG]

    And thank you for welcoming me in the group and for trying to help us![​IMG]
     
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  4. Princefarms12

    Princefarms12 Out Of The Brooder

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    I did notice yesterday that my hen that dyed was very very skinny. All my other hens are a lot heavier than the other one was. I am feeling so hopeless about this whole thing. Please Help!
     
  5. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I don't think your chickens are killing each other. If a chicken killls another chicken, you usually have a bloody mess. Either the comb, eyes and neck feathers are bloody, or the back and butt area are bloody.

    What type of feed are you feeding? Do you feed free choice? Do you feed a lot of treats? Have you checked for mites and lice? Do you see any of them standing around all ruffled up and acting sleepy? Do you see loose stools like diarrhea?

    I don't think the eggs would cause any problems if you ate them.

    I don't think worms would be a problem yet, they are young.
     
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  6. Princefarms12

    Princefarms12 Out Of The Brooder

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    They are normally really active and move around all the time unless they are laying eggs. They were a little lazy when it was really hot a few days ago but I made sure that they had plenty of water and shade.

    I don't give them many treats unless I have left over fruit and veggies on a rare occasion I will give the left over cooked rice. I feed them the Lay pellets that the feed store was recommending. While they were free ranging they would eat the dogs food if they found it. I tried to put it up, But i read some posts that said that the dog food shouldn't harm them so I didn't think that that was the reasoning for the dead chickens.

    Also I am constantly checking for lice and mites. My kids and I love to go out and hold the chickens to try to keep them friendly. The last thing I want is a bunch of mean chickens. Especially since my kids are so little and they love to go out and collect the eggs.
     
  7. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Can you check all of their keel bones to see if any of them a really thin?
     
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  8. Princefarms12

    Princefarms12 Out Of The Brooder

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    It looks like a couple are pretty thin. What does that mean? I make sure that they always have food.
     
  9. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Maybe you should think about worming all of them. Safeguard liquid goat wormer is a good choice.
     
  10. Princefarms12

    Princefarms12 Out Of The Brooder

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    OK I will try that. Thank you so much for the help. [​IMG]
     

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