Need help with my hens..don't know what to do

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChknMom, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. ChknMom

    ChknMom In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2012
    I rescued 2 silkie hens 3 months ago. I have kept them quarantined from my regular flock since they were new. Thank goodness I did because they had fleas, mites, worms, and had an upper respiratory disease. I have treated everything and now that it is time for them to be moved to my group they are now acting like they are going to die any day now. They have lost a lot of weight. They have almost no breast muscles and are week. They barely drink or eat. They do still do it, but not like they used to. They both are siting on eggs. I keep taking them away and then they lay another then continue to sit. I don't know if that is the problem or what. I don't have too much experience with hens. My other silkies I have I raised from hatchlings with no problems and they are so friendly and easy. I never have to worry. I am however so scared to put my two new rescues with them. If I get my healthy babies sick my heart will be broken! I love them so much! I love my new ones too but we don't have the same relationship. My flock flows me around we talk with eachother (they love it when I sing to them in the morning). Anyways, what should I do?? By the way...I feed both groups the same exact things and my healthy hens and fat little piggies and are doing great!

  2. groundpecker

    groundpecker Songster

    Jun 26, 2011
    Rison, Arkansas
    If you want to keep your other birds healthy, then you must cull the new birds. Trying to rescue and heal sick birds only prolongs their suffering. You may be attached to the new birds, but keeping them around will infect your whole flock and you could lose them too.
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
  4. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    SE Michigan
    I would humanely dispose of the sick birds. They might have something way more serious than a respiratory problem going on. IMO I don't think it's worth possibly loosing the rest of my flock.
  5. ChknMom

    ChknMom In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2012
    Thank you everyone. I am very upset but I know it is the right thing. I am taking them to my veterinarian today to have them humanely euthanized.

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