- Mar 2, 2012
I think I have a real flock problem and it makes me so sad to think what might have to happen eventually if I can't get rid of it. My girls had a "cold" (yes I know chickens don't get colds) a few months back but it was treated and taken care of by Denagard, or so I thought. I've been using a light bleach solution in their water to ensure their waterers are healthy. Haven't noticed any sneezing like they were doing but I started seeing my Orpingtons combs turning slightly bluish purple in the last couple weeks. This morning my Lucy looks kinda bad in her comb. It's about half purple. I have no idea how that happened or if they have another (or the same) respiratory thing going on. I just want healthy freaking birds! I've done everything right, I clean out the poop shelf regularly (3-4 times a week) and keep the run clean, and they range half an acre every day, all day. How does this continue to happen to my happy backyard flock? Are they picking up crap from wild birds? If I kill all 12 of them and start over, won't they just catch the same thing? What do I do to get my birds healthy? I don't want them in respiratory distress! They are still laying eggs well; I get 6-8 per day from 10-11 confirmed layers.