Newby needs advice re: sick hens and new chicks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChicLaDee, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. ChicLaDee

    ChicLaDee In the Brooder

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    Hello everyone. I am new to raising chickens. We purchased 4 buff orpingtons last June, 2017. Since that time, we have lost three due to injury of one, hawk, and one other unknown predator....we assume bobcat. This last one happened in January of this year.

    Since I had one lonely buff left (Buffy - don't judge, I don't have a gift when it comes to naming), I found someone nearby selling pullets in ages from 6 mos to 9 mos. So, in February this year we purchased one silver laced wyandott (Sylvia), one red laced wyandott (Wynona), and one New Hampshire Red (Reba), bringing us back to 4 hens.

    I found this site through researching illnesses because first my red laced wyandott (Wynona) had bubbles in her eyes. I contacted seller and he said give ACV in water so I did. A week later no better and acting listless. I contacted him again and he said give Tylan 50. I did that and she bounced back beautifully and began laying eggs about 3 weeks ago. So, then my buff orpington (Buffy) got a swollen eye and was acting less active. I brought her into my makeshift sick bay in the garage and treated her as well. In a weeks time, she was better so I released her back out with the others. Then the Silverlaced Wyandott (Sylvia) was just walking around very slowly, and had a rattle when breathing. So, in the sick bay she went about 7 days ago. She still doesn't seem to have gotten over her illness. Rattle has improved, but not completely gone so she is still in sick bay. Yesterday, my last hen, Reba finally came down with something. I noticed her with a swollen eye, so brought her in sick bay as well.

    So, before all this illness cropped up, I had ordered baby chicks on line. They came last Friday (3/9). I was so excited, but now am extremely worried and stressed about them. Everything I have read about respiratory illnesses indicates my current adult flock are all now carriers so in all likelihood, my new babies will come down with the illness when they are old enough to be released outside. Is there any way to keep my current flock without placing my new chicks at risk? Is it too late anyway? I mean, since I allow my chickens to free range several hours during the day, they obviously leave droppings everywhere. So, there is no way to disinfect an entire yard too irradicate any illnesses.

    I'm sorry this is so long, just thought it helps to have more info than too little. Experiences and opinions of others are greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

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    Howdy:welcome:frow Happy:ya to have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
     
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  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams

    G’Day from down under ChicLaDee :frow Welcome!

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    I wish I was able to help you out but things that ail chickens are not my forte. However, I recommend posting on the Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures forum where you will get advice from those experienced in respiratory disease.

    I do 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.

    Including your general location on your profile will assist others. Location, climate, season etc can be important factors when members are responding to any questions you may have and vice versa.

    You might want to also Find Your State Thread and pop in and say hello.

    BYC has Topic of the Week discussions which I have found to be a great resource, informative and sometimes entertaining; so definitely worth checking out.

    If you would like to share Pictures and Stories of your flock, 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 ;)
     
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  4. Granny Hatchet

    Granny Hatchet Tastes like chicken

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    welcome, check out denaguard. It is a preventative and a treatment with no egg withdrawal time. If the chicks are already there then they more then likely have already been exposed. If your getting them from a hatchery maybe you can get some vaccines for them before their shipped.
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I asked to have this moved to disease forum.

    Welcome to BYC @ChicLaDee ..sorry you are having problems.
     
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  6. Granny Hatchet

    Granny Hatchet Tastes like chicken

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    @aart Who did you need to ask please ?
     
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  7. ChicLaDee

    ChicLaDee In the Brooder

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  8. ChicLaDee

    ChicLaDee In the Brooder

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    Thank you so much for the good advise! Since I am also trying to learn to navigate this site it is most helpful!

    I really appreciate it.
     
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  9. ChicLaDee

    ChicLaDee In the Brooder

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    Yes, they are already here, and I was afraid of that. I am keeping them in a separate area from all the other hens and have tried to be careful to have clean clothes, shoes, etc. on; not the ones I was wearing while around my hens. Also washing hands until they are so dry they hurt! lol. I will look into the denaguard. Thank you for the suggestion!
     
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  10. ChicLaDee

    ChicLaDee In the Brooder

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    Thank you very much!
     
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