Rescue chickens advice needed

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Strikefalcon, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. Strikefalcon

    Strikefalcon Chirping

    Oct 13, 2011
    After my flock got wiped out. (Fox or some such creature) 5 good layers that we've had for 3 years. went out and got 9 $3 layers to reload the coop. They have turned out to be more like rescue birds than the plump girls we had. They kind of smell like chicken poop(way more than ours did), cough alot and are probably infested with lice or mites. anyways they are laying like crazy. 7 eggs the first day. Lots of questions.

    1) should I keep all, some, or none?
    2) are the eggs good?
    3) how to treat coughs? if at all?
    enough for now. Thanks in advance

  2. CottonGinWaste

    CottonGinWaste Chirping

    Dec 26, 2012
    Mobile, AL
    I don't know your housing set-up but - - I'd provide a dust-bath with Diamotaceous (sp?) earth; supplement the waterers with electrolytes; and 'pooper-scoop' the area frequently at 1st. Eggs should be fine. I have a newly acquired batch of Ameraucana pullets that sound like yours, except the cough. If that doesn't clear within 2 weeks I'd consider culling. What do others think of the cough?
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Question #1 answer: Would the seller take them back? It isn't usually a good idea to buy sick birds, but if you're willing to treat them, they can become almost normal, perfectly healthy chickens. I would be hesitant to buy from the seller again, though.

    Answer to question #2: Unless the seller had given them a dewormer or any antibiotics, the eggs are fine to eat.

    Question #3: The coughs are probably due to a respiratory disease. Any sneezing, discharge, or rattling/gurgling? These would be other symptoms of a respiratory disease. I'd start giving them some electrolytes and probiotics, and see if these supplements help them get over it. If you don't see any improvement, get some antibiotics. You can get a water soluable antibiotic like Duramycin or Tetroxy HCA-280, but one of the best antibiotics for respiratoy diseases is Tylan50, which is usually given as an injection. Give birds one injection daily into the breast muscle for five days, using a small (20-22 gauge) needle. The dosage for large fowl is 1cc, and for bantams it is .5ccs. Here is a link to giving chickens injections, in case you've never done it before:

    Check your birds for lice and mites. Look around their vent, under their wings, beneath their hackle feathers, and under their tail feathers. If they have mites, you'll see small black or reddish specks moving around. Treat with Sevin dust, a spray like Poultry Protector, or another product like Adams Flea and Tick Shampoo/Spray or Frontline for dogs and cats (just be aware that you can't eat their eggs if using the Adams shampoo/spray, or the Frontline).

    I advise worming your chickens, too. There's a very good chance that they have worms. Get some Valbazen or Safeguard dewormer, as they are good broad spectrum dewormers.

    Hope this helps!
  4. Strikefalcon

    Strikefalcon Chirping

    Oct 13, 2011
    got some DURAMYCIN-10 (BY DURVET) package says it is good for CRD air sac disease and infectious synovitis. administer for 7-14 days but then says not to be used on chickens laying eggs for human consumption. Is there a product that can be used on laying chickens that we can use the eggs after. this was the only product that could find in our locale farm store.
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida

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