Mystery chicken deaths

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ashfirechicken, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. ashfirechicken

    ashfirechicken New Egg

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    I'm new to the chicken world and I have a problem. Recently I have lost four young hens to sudden death. The first three went lame, staggered, diarrhea then within 24 hours they are dead. The most recent was today. Yesterday I noticed she had a lame left foot. I assumed she injured it she appeared healthy but today she was dead. I was informed the first three were killed by apple seeds because I was feeding the a lot of apples. They looked sick when they died. Today seemed to be a healthy hen that died within 24 hours of noticing a problem. What do you think? Thanks
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I think that they could have contracted Botulism. Botulism poisoning causes trouble standing, staggering, sudden death, and other neurological problems. It can be found in moldy foods, decaying animals carcasses, and decaying plant matter. Is there any place where your birds could have come in contact with something like these things?

    Here are a few links with information on Botulism:

    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/19/botulism
    http://www.avianweb.com/botulism.html
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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