Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by joeynumber1, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. joeynumber1

    joeynumber1 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 5, 2008
    Southern, NH
    Hi everybody! In the summer of 2008, the last of my black chickens passed away from something that I'm not quite sure of. Then, in the winter of 2008, one of my RIRs passed away as well. I could tell that she was sick. So I brought her inside. From info. from a book, I was able to learn that I needed a certain medicine. It took awhile, but we finally found the medicine. That same night, I went to where I kept my sick chick, only to find that she was leaning all of her weight onto the cage door. I took her out, but when I put her down on the floor, she just tipped right over. She wasn't able to hold her own weight. Actually, she didn't have much weight at all. After about an hour, she gave a few shudders and flapped her wings. Then, She was just a lifeless body in my hands. The symtoms for what I was seeing was this: Runny nose, loss of a lot of weight, sitting with feathers fluffed up, green droppings and, after a certain amount of days, the chicken will not be able to hold its own weight. I think that what happened to my RIR is the same thing that happened to my black chicken. But instead of resting her weight onto a cage door, my black chicken was on a roost. I think she might have fallen in the middle of the night while she was sleeping and broke her neck. Trust me, there is a question involved. Does anyone know what this is? Is it a disease that can be cured? Is it a disease that can be spread? Thank you for reading this. Please PM me if you would like. But otherwise, it would just be nice if you responded to this topic, even if you don't know what this is.
  2. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    I don't know the answer but perhaps you could call a hatchery and speak to someone more familiar with chicken diseases or contact your local extension office - they generally have an agriculture specialist to answer questions or will research and get back to you.
  3. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    i wish i knew what it was, it sounds horrible. I am sorry for your loss and look foward to hearing waht it could be.....
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    ooh, sorry for all this! poor chickies! maybe someone will chime in that has an idea... [​IMG]
  5. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Could it be mareks disease? Did they have trouble walking?
  6. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    I think sometimes things just happen... But it obviously isn't that contagious or you would have had alot more hens get sick and die.
    I lost two hens this winter, within two days of each other...strange, but the rest have been fine and heathy since, so I don't worry too much about it:>) It's nature...just rest in that and don't let it get to you.
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2009
  7. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    Well you have written a lot of words there, but I have a hard time finding any concrete information in your post. I suggest you read the sticky at the top of the index "do you have an emergency/disease ect" and repost with the questions filled in. Questions such as what do you feed, how old, what have you tried... I am intrigued by the 'certain medicine' reference, meaning you must have had your own suspicion about cause if you went and bought something.
  8. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    I haven't got a clue either. But once a few years ago, I had a black hen that just fell off the roost and was dead in the am. Never knew what happened.
  9. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Why not take it to the vet and have them check out your chicken? Or a universtiy? Sorry about your chickens hopefully it isn't contagous.
  10. 6chickens

    6chickens Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 23, 2007
    i had this with one of my chickens a year ago. just assumed that she ate something that was mouldy and it seriously disagreed with her. everything happened so quickly.

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