Overnight death of chicken concerned for the rest of the flock

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rrbriss, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. rrbriss

    rrbriss In the Brooder

    Dec 10, 2011
    Guildhall, VT
    About 1 month ago we had a 2 year old NH red that died. She started to have some runny poo, then started to sit on the floor of the coop instead of the perch. We seperated her but by this time she would not eat or drink and died the next day. That was 1 month ago. Last night my wife noticed that another of our 2 year old NH reds looked like she had some runny poo. She told me about it just before bed. We got up this morning and I went to check on them. She was dead on the floor face down. We live in northern VT. It is averaging 20 degrees out. Our Coop has been maintaining around 40 degrees. We keep it very clean, change the water everyday and make sure the food is clean. There is an outside pen that is covered and we have it wrapped in clear plastic to keep the weather out over the winter. It has been very wet this year and the floor of the outside pen is not drying out well and keeps forming puddles. We try to clean it up but it is tough since it is staying wet. We are starting to think this could have something to do with it. But, could there be something else going on? Should we start them on an antibiotic? Keep them out of the outside pen till it dries up? The rest of the flock is 1 NH red, 5 Plymouth rocks, 5 golden Wyndottes, 5 Silver Wyndottes, 5 buff orpinghams, and 1 sussex. The red is 2 years old all others are around 8 months old.

  2. Tracy the chick

    Tracy the chick Songster

    Aug 28, 2011
    Hi i had something similar to this.. I had a couple of hens die with runny bums, huddled up, but mine where limping a little too. I also clean my water And food out every other day.. We have a shelter and there was a puddle under it that we kept brushing away but for some reason they would prefer to drink out the puddle [​IMG] . I then had another hen with the same symptoms and it turned out to be botulism (not sure how its spelt) . Once i got rid off the puddle (husband filled it in) my others are all ok.. Sadly i couldnt save the last one.. I was new to the chicking keeping and didnt think a puddle would harm.. I dont know if its what your chickens have and i hope you work it out.. Ive learnt lots on this site. Theres a nice man called dawg53 on here and he saved my entire flock...good luck hun. Tracy.

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