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My healthy chickens are dieing! What could this be?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Felicia, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. Felicia

    Felicia Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
    I have had 1 rooster pass away two days ago, and today another roo, and my favorite showgirl hen passed away. [​IMG]

    Everyone is healthy, energetic, getting lots of food and water, and they are just dieing. I am completely baffled. [​IMG] What can I do? Is there something I can give them to help the ones that are still alive?

    Please help.....

  2. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm

    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    Okay what's changed with your flock?

    Have you brought in any new chickens?

    Are you getting a lot of rain?

    Have you changed anything?

    The questions at the first post might also help others answer this puzzle....
    1) What type of bird , age and weight.
    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    4) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    5) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    7) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    8 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    9) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    10) Describe the housing/bedding in use

    Is there a new chick or rooster you brought in without quarantine.

    I suggest you take a deceased bird a State Poultry Lab and see the fet for the reasons for the death and then act accordingly.

    I'm sorry for your loss. Take care.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2009
  3. twister

    twister Songster

    Sep 12, 2009
    how do they 'sound'? are their respiratory passages clear?

    If you have brought in new bird w.o. 30 day minimum quarentine period, remove those birds immediately into quarentine.

    I would def. disinfect the coop , run, and even yard -passage ways that you have traveled ASAP.

    Sorry for your loss. Hope someone here can offer advise that is helpful.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2009
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Sorry they're dying. Sounds like M to the Maxx's issue, just dropping dead with no real symptoms. When that starts happening, I first think of mold building up somewhere, around the waterer or in feed under and around the feeders, etc. Then, I think maybe the feed is bad or moldy. Hope you can give us more to go on.
  5. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    I have absolutely no ideas for you being new to chickens and all, just wanted to tell you how sorry I am to hear this!!

    Hope you find an answer...

  6. Felicia

    Felicia Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
    I haven't seen any changes with them. All eating and drinking, their feces look normal, the birds that died just look like they just plopped over dead. No pecking or anything. I'm going to just clean everything really really well with some disinfectant. Hopefully that will kill whatever is going on...

    Thanks everyone [​IMG]
  7. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA

  8. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    describe the droppings...color and consistency
  9. rstampa

    rstampa Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Tampa, Florida
    I wish I knew. I had one of my girls die yesterday with no warning. She was laying around all day then died. I check her and everything around and found no apparent reason. I posted an emergency thread but no one here really knew what happened. I will keep my eye out for some sort of answer for you and for me.
    Good luck!

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