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Scared and freaking out--- what on Earth?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Coyox, May 10, 2016.

  1. Coyox

    Coyox Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I'm a bit scared this morning..... And I guess I need support and tips. I can't believe what is happening...

    Here's the story....

    First--- we just recently moved into this house.

    My poultry has been in a closed off BEAUTIFUL tack room for about 2-3 weeks now. Before putting them in this room, I obviously went through the corner check--- made sure everything was okay. The tack room is empty-- no tack, no bags of seed, nothing. Its a wooden floor and it's CLEAN. There is one thing-- a bottle of Aqua stuff, its a blue coloring agent for the pond. I make sure to move that up to about 6-7 feet high on a rack where no one can get to it. There is some dried blue stuff on the wall, but it's been there for years, and has since soaked into the wood. I figure it's okay, safe for the pond--- safe for the poultry...

    They were in there for 2 weeks and everything was going great.

    Then four days ago we found a duck in a corner--- dead. There had seemed to be, in quite an obvious corner--- green and white stuff. Probably the big RP---terrible, nasty, rat poison. I quickly moved the rest of the flock into a safe stable until we could clean the room--- disposed properly of the duck, in a bag, in the garbage. We scoured the room from tip to toe-- feeling GUILTY.... What had we done? Had we really missed something like that? Anyway--- the rest of the flock was fine---- Albeit, covered in blue stuff? We figured that maybe the room had become wet and maybe some of the pond stuff had come up..... But it was amazing how much of it! There wasn't even that much. The bottle hadn't been tampered with either--- no signs of them climbing up to get it. Nothing.

    Well it's been 4 days and everything has been okay since-- no more casualties.

    Then this morning I went in to feed them and there was blue all in their mouths--- and a green powdery substance near the door in the hay. EVERYWHERE. This was OBVIOUS amounts of green stuff. Stuff I definitely would have seen. The flock---for now, seems okay and in pretty good spirits.


    But I'm scared---- is somebody coming and poisoning my animals? Or is it that rodents moving around in the night could be carrying it in? Is it something in the hay? What's going on?

    How long does it take for young birds to be affected by rat poison? When will I know?

    Maybe they licked the walls? (But seriously, the color in my aqua stuff is different than the color I found laying around. And there isn't that much of it.... if there was, I would have never stuck them in what seemed to be a very safe room.)

    I'm moving them into a horse stable now. I don't know what else to do. This means less shelter and protection for them though. I'm just... so torn and so worried. Buying new locks for the barn.... We are going to check the rafters tonight to see if rats are knocking the poison down from a place we can't see (even though the tack room has a good ceiling).
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  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's in cup? Weeds grass? I'm not sure what's going on.. hope you figure it out. .
     
  3. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'll be in the barn!
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  4. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    That is weird. Sorry for your losses! Do you use rat poison anywhere on the property? I don't think the aqua stuff would hurt them, but I really don't know. Maybe you could find out what's in it, and see if any of the ingredients are toxic to chickens. Can we see more pictures of the flock, and this blue stuff your describing? Do you know some one who really doesn't like you/your flock?
     
  5. yochickiemomma

    yochickiemomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    rat/ mouse poison of any amount in your barn is a bad idea. That stuff is designed to be carried back to the nest before it starts to kill the rodents. Please throw it all away. If you have a rodent issue traps work great.
    BTW Im sorry to hear about your duck its heart breaking to loose a pet. Please keep us updated about the rest of your flock.
     
  6. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    Agreed. We don't use any rat poison here, to much chance of the chickens getting hold of it some how.
     
  7. Coyox

    Coyox Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys! Sorry for the confusion. We just moved in and we are completely against rat poison.

    The problem is we can't seem to tell where it's coming from. We've looked up and down every wall and can't seem to find it. It had to have been carried here by a pest or planted by a neighbor ..... We like to think no one has a problem with us!

    The stuff in the cup is hay from beneath my flock.

    They are safe in another stable now... They all seem okay. It's just all very strange... I don't understand why people use rat poison. I seriously can't find the source anywhere.


    Maybe I should get a cam?


    I can get more pictures of the blue stuff soon.... In a car atm!
     
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  8. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    I would suggest getting a security camera set up. That way you an be absolutely sure of what is going on. Wouldn't want to falsely accuse anyone or anything. Make sure it is hidden and out of sight.
     
  9. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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  10. kendallb12

    kendallb12 Out Of The Brooder

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    HELP!! I was outisde with my chickens and I look down at one of my hens (I think she is a Rhode Island Red) Anyways she is walking very slow, she also just stood there and kept falling asleep.. she is eating but not much at all, she is again, walking VERY slow!! This isn't like her she is usually running around scratching!! She isn't scratching or anything! I also want to mention her comb and face are normal they are the usual color!! Anyone know what this is??
     

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