1. aworldintime

    aworldintime Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok so we have had 4 healthy hens for 2 months now. We got 2 new hens a few weeks ago. Everything has been fine. Then I noticed a hen sneezing a lot. And a week later I noticed one of the new hens have clear liquid from her nose. I put her in the kennel. After a while her nose was dry. So I gave her back her water and put her back into the flock. Today my older hen started sounding raspy. Making weird sounds. And now another one tonight. We have been doing a lot of work in the coop this week. It has been dusty. And I added DE in there food yesterday. Did we possibly make this an issue or are the newer hens making my older ones sick? We have a dirt floor in the coop. It has been dry and warm during the day but also getting chilly. I dono what to do. If we treat them I know they just will share it to my baby chicks at some point. There in there own coop as of yesterday. We worry there infected to. Anyone got any advice?? Thank u! Oh and we free range them.
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    You likely introduced a respiratory disease into your flock. The new ones carried the disease. The birds will now carry it for life and you can treat the symptoms when they flare up but the disease will never truly be gone. You can also now never sell birds out of your flock, or chicks you hatch, or even hatching eggs because certain diseases can pass from the mother into the egg and any chicks hatched can be born with it.

    Your choices are to either run a closed flock, never selling or giving birds from your flock to anyone else, and to know that any new birds you introduce will also develop the disease, or to cull the whole flock, wait a few months, and start over with new birds.

    If you want to be sure of what disease you have, you can cull one and send it off for necropsy.
     
  3. aworldintime

    aworldintime Out Of The Brooder

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    thats what I was worried about. We have had nothing but issues since we started with chickens. Can they still be eaten if they have this? Im so upset. We got 6 of them for free. But there is 17 babies we payed for and will be quite upset if were out the money if they all get sick. I moved them into a new pen yesterday. And can only hope they will be fine. We have been taken for granted 2 times now. This sucks!
     
  4. aworldintime

    aworldintime Out Of The Brooder

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    Well after going out to the coop we have more making the same sound. It spreads fast. They will all be treated tomorrow and hopefully they get better.
     

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