My chickens are sick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Carrie31, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. Carrie31

    Carrie31 In the Brooder

    Jul 9, 2014
    I am new to both this site, and to chicken ownership, but I have found this site so incredibly helpful. Last night, we lost a 7 week old chick we had raised like our baby. She appeared to have a seizure- it flopped onto its back, and began shaking violently, then went still. My husband witnessed it, and ran to the house to get me. I grabbed her, and she eventually perked up a little. I got her to eat and drink a little, and eventually she could walk. I thought she was on the upswing, but she passed during the night. We are heartbroken. (I should mention that she did have a birth defect-her beak was not straight, but off to the side of her face.)
    We have a red comet that acts very similarly, but without the seizure. We rescued her from a chicken farm, where she was being abused by other chickens.
    Today, one of our adult leghorns came down with similar issues. Her comb is drooping, she's gasping, closing her eyes and shaking. We are terrified.
    I know that this is a place that I can come and not be judged for how upset we are. These are our pets, and we are devastated. What is happening?
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2014
  2. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy

    Mar 31, 2010
    Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
    Hello, and welcome to BYC.

    My first thought is that they got into something poisonous. Is there any way they ate rat poison, pesticides, or maybe ate a poisoned mouse, rat, or bugs?

    I would make sure they are drinking, a lot, even if it means dipping their beaks or using a dropper to make them drink (don't drown them.)
  3. Amykins

    Amykins Crowing

    May 11, 2013
    Check their food - is any of it moldy or is there mold in their immediate area? Toxins from aspergillosis can cause seizures. Are any of them panting, shaking their head or holding their necks out?

    Other than that, I think I agree with Wisher, it may be something they got into, anything from pesticides to chemical fertilizer to heavy metal poisoning to fungus. I'm so sorry for your loss, sweetie. :/
  4. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy

    Mar 31, 2010
    Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
    Good point, Amykins!

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