second adult chicken dying

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by hannahbenavidez, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. hannahbenavidez

    hannahbenavidez New Egg

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    I had one of my 2 year old hens gradually become more and more lethargic about four weeks ago. Diarrhea, sleeping all day, off feed, and closing/squinting one eye. I started the whole flock on Tetroxy HCA (only antibiotic my feed store carries) and electrolytes, but her condition continued to deteriorate and she died after about a week. The other birds remained healthy. This week a second hen is now sick (minus the squinty eye) with all the same symptoms. I am at a loss and ready to cull her and my one remaining healthy hen (don't want to keep a lone hen and can't give her away because she could be infected). These girls have lots of space, good food, and until recently were very healthy. Anyone have any ideas or advice? I thought infectious disease was rarely fatal in healthy adult birds, and I have no idea what they are getting sick from. Really sad to lose my whole little flock like this.
     
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Have you wormed your hens?
     
  3. hannahbenavidez

    hannahbenavidez New Egg

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    No. Never. I was thinking this may be the issue.
     
  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Tractor Supply has Safeguard. You will find it in the goat, cattle or horse section. The dosage for your hens is on this site. Is your other hen showing symptoms of illness?
     
  5. hannahbenavidez

    hannahbenavidez New Egg

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    No. She seems healthy. I will try safeguard, if I can get it.
     
  6. hannahbenavidez

    hannahbenavidez New Egg

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    My feed store only has wazine, should I try that?
     
  7. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Wazine only gets round worms. Did you look in the horse wormer section?
     
  8. hannahbenavidez

    hannahbenavidez New Egg

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    Wazine, Ivemectrin or lvermax is all I can get right now.
     
  9. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    There was no safeguard in the horse or cattle medications?
     

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