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sick bantom chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bantomchick, Oct 6, 2014.

  1. bantomchick

    bantomchick New Egg

    Oct 6, 2014
    I am a new chicken person and have a lot of bantoms, hatched this spring. They are too young to lay eggs. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed one just sitting, with eyes closed and comb very pale. Not eating much. Later she died. Now I have several more, acting the same. They are making a gurgling sound and seem to have breathing trouble, much like a person with pneumonia. They will hold their tail feathers either to the side or downwards. We have wormed them every 30 days, they have plenty food, clean water and oyster crumbles. They live in an enclosed pen with sandy/gravel bottom. Their breast will become very thin feeling when they first get sick. I live in a rural area with very limited professional knowledge available regarding chickens. I also had a small peahen die yesterday that was in the pen next to the chickens. She held her head down, stopped eating, then died. Any clue on the cause or the treatment...
  2. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 10, 2013
    My Coop
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Oh, I am so sorry about your birds. I agree with Peep Chicken. Sounds like they have some sort of respiratory ailment. You might try some Sulfadimethoxine in their water for 5 to 7 days. You can get this on line, but don't wait to long to order it.

    And definitely post this in our emergency section for more help. Peep Chicken has left you with the link.

    I hope you can get your flock back to good health soon.
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X3 on the advice given above. Hope they get better![​IMG]
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    I'm sorry to hear about your chickens! You've received some good advice above.
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry about your sick chickens! [​IMG] I would definitely post about them in the Emergencies section of the forums.

    Good luck!
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your chickens, hope you are able to figure out what is going on.
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Unless they were crawling with worms, worming every 30 days sounds excessive. Maybe that was way too much for them. Bantams should get a smaller dose than large fowl. I hope the people on the E/R thread can pinpoint a diagnosis - their symptoms are common for many health problems.
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Have you ever seen them pass worms? if so what kind were they?

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