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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by pafreun, Mar 25, 2017.

  1. pafreun

    pafreun Just Hatched

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    Hello all. Just joined the site. Have often come here for much appreciated information from all the expertise of the members here, and decided to join this Spring. I live on a decent-sized place in the country, just outside historical Gettysburg PA. Have had chickens for @ ten years, and kinda' learned as I went. Think I've been pretty fortunate with them. Never had more than ten or so, and unknowingly bought a straight run of them, and ended up with nearly half roosters. The chickens have become pets, so I don't slaughter, and ultimately decided I would wait till the roosters passed on before adding more chickens. Well, that has happened this winter.

    So, then brings me to a request for advise :) My last rooster developed some sort of lameness. Would lay on his side, and if I tried to see if he could stand, seems very unbalanced, and would fall forward.... Not sure if he caught something, or ate something, (or that he was ten years old...) or what. And unfortunately on our last cold snaps of the season, he did not make it.

    So I have an empty coop. Cleaned it out, and have kept the windows open (thinking the cold might help "kill off" anything that might be related to my last guy's ailments... We had a couple nights in the teens....). But am thinking: might there be some sort of ... "bomb" treatment I could do in the coop... set something off in it, or perhaps spray it down with "whatever", to ensure when I introduce new chicken, they won't run the risk of getting anything residual... Might someone have a suggestion? or would it seem keeping empty, and airing out for the last month or so be adequate?. I don't want to spray or treat the coop with something and potentially trade one risk for another...

    oh, so did stray from the intro, so sorry. Really appreciate all the good info (and stories[​IMG] ) of other chicken owners.

    P.
     
  2. :welcome Glad you joined us!
     
  3. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus

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    [​IMG] I am glad you joined us! But I am so sorry about your rooster! [​IMG] The same thing is going on with my rooster, but I don't know if it can spread around to other chickens, because my girls are completely fine. This might help you:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq

    I would also check out the ER forum:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures

    Here is a link to completely disinfecting your coop:
    http://animals.mom.me/sterilize-chicken-coop-5754.html

    And if you ever have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! Or just hop over to the Learning Center for tons of great info:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    And if you want to chat with other chicken lovers near you, just check this forum out:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you

    I hope you enjoy BYC! Best wishes! [​IMG]
     
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  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our flock! Sorry about your rooster - hope it was just his old age. The links RodNTN gave you should be a big help. Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! [​IMG]
     
  5. Cjs123

    Cjs123 Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome Cowboy Clay! I'm a newbie also, so no advise yet, but we are practically neighbors. We live in Shippensburg.
    As far as your rooster, if you have other chickens and never saw this in anyone else, I would think that chicken had a medical problem, not necessarily a contagious disease. But then I'm a nurse - retired, and that's just my thinking.
     
  6. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    RodNTN has given you some great links so I'll just say hello and thanks for joining us!
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Sorry about your last rooster , I would seriously check out the Mareks threads. That is something that isn't going to air out, or be sprayed away.

    Is there any chance he had a stroke instead?
     
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  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under pafreun [​IMG] Welcome!

    10 is a good innings and it may just have been old age. Sorry to hear of your loss though.

    As you have already received links to some great starting points, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your new flock when they arrive, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
     

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