9 Years
Sep 10, 2012
My Coop
My Coop
Has anyone had any experience with pneumonia in chickens?

I had a 10 month old Silkie-Mille Fleur D'Uccle x who died quite suddenly this week. She had chicks 8 wks ago and seemed healthy. For the last 3 wks she has been spending more time away from the chicks, returning to the original coop etc. During the last week I noticed she was the last one out of the coop in the morning or the first one to bed, but otherwise was eating, drinking and hanging out with the flock.

On her final day she struggled out of the coop and seemed to have a hard time walking. I called the vet for antibiotics (Baytril), put her in a dog crate and by the time I returned home from picking up the meds she was dead. The vet did a necropsy and said it was pneumonia but I don't know if it was viral or bacterial and how she got it.

Anyone offer any clues? Everyone else in the flock seems ok, but based on how fast she got sick and died I don't want to be too confident.

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