Neighbor lost 3 hens in 2 days. What's going on?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by horsewishr, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. horsewishr

    horsewishr Songster

    Jul 7, 2007
    West Michigan
    My neighbor just called me to let me know that 3 of her 5 hens have died in the last two days. She's concerned that they may have something contagious. She says she noticed very dark diarrhea in their coop. Any idea what could be going on, and/or how careful I should be? My chickens free-range. Hers don't, but mine have been known to hang around in the vicinity of her coop. Right now I've got mine in their run. But I wonder how long I have to worry.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
  2. Rogue_Woman

    Rogue_Woman Songster

    May 12, 2008
    Are the flies or other pests bad in your area? Even though my hens have 2 acres separating them from the neighbor's chickens, they somehow contracted a bacterial illness of some sort that the neighbor's chickens had, and the only thing I could figure was the flies carried it from one coop to the other.
  3. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    it would be better if you could ask your neighbor more specific questions about any symptoms.
    you might consider observing them..

    what does she feed them?
    could the feed have got wet or moldy?

    have they been wormed?

    it would be a good idea to try and keep your birds away from them in case it is contagious.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2008
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    dark runny poo... was it bloody ? Maybe cocci?

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