quasimodo chicken

Runawaylobster

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Uff... well I have several things to talk about. in September I got an order of chicks, most of whom passed in shipping :(.... the 5 survivors were interesting.

I have kept them separated from my main coop, but my birds do go over to the chicks coop and visit with them
through the wire.

1. All of these chicks are not visibly sick, they are growing ok (well except for one, see below) But they all sneeze/cough. I am paranoid about mixing them with my main coop because of this.

2. One of these chicks is obviously deformed. At first I didn't notice but then i found a hard lump on his back maybe about a
nickel in size. I noticed that he is sort of dwarfish and his head is much further back than the others. Then a couple of weeks ago he developed another lump/tumor over his eye it is growing quite fast. He is a roo but is not growing much so i'd say definitely stunted. I call him quasimodo.

I wanted to get straight run this time so that i could sort through the roos looking for one to use for hatching eggs. Obviously he isn't a candidate, but i'm having a really hard time thinking about culling him, and nobody will want him either.


3. 2 Weeks ago one of the pullets just died from what appeared to be poisoning so I decided this problem wasn't related to the main problem.

In general I am really concerned that i should in fact cull all of them because of the sneezing is seems to be chronic. :( I don't want to do this, in fact i don't think I can do it.. but that remains to be seen.

just wanted to put all this out there, because I feel as if i'm at some kind of turning point with this problem....

Lesley
 
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dawg53

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I'd cull them and disinfect everything. Sounds like a respiratory disease that can be transmittable to your other birds. Quasimodo...it sounds like marek's disease...cull.
 

Runawaylobster

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I was thinking that quasimodo was probably just the result of inbreeding, what in particular makes you think it is Mareks. I ask this because I see no signs of paralysis, he is just weird looking, but if it was Mareks then that is a way different story. I will post a photo later when i get home from work.
 

Runawaylobster

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I'd cull them and disinfect everything. Sounds like a respiratory disease that can be transmittable to your other birds. Quasimodo...it sounds like marek's disease...cull.

Well Finally I culled the big roo... it was the first time I did that and it was awful, I have bribed a friend with fresh eggs to come over and do the rest of them.
 

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