sick chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by honnieb8, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. honnieb8

    honnieb8 New Egg

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    Hi I am new to chickens I got 50 chicks in oct. they all did fine I didn't lose any. When they were 4 months old I put them on layer pellets. free choice grit and cal. One day I went out and one chicken looked like she had a hurt foot she could not stand. I moved her to a small box and gave her food and water. she was eating and drinking fine when I went to bed. she died durning the night. I thought she had gotten hurt. about two days later there was another one that couldnt walk. samething eating and drinking fine died durning the night. called my vet he does not deal with chickens but gave me an antibiotic to use. used it for ten days every one was fine then three days after I stopped another chicken cant walk and died over night. They are in a new coop that was built just for them. it is 12 by 16 I use pine shavings and clean it out once a week. not sure what to do there poop is normal.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm sorry this is happening to you, and I'm sorry it's what brought you to our forum. I have no idea what is happening to them. I would suggest that you look into having a necropsy done if you lose another one, though. You can contact your state ag dept. or state vet office to look into it. Often it's available at a reduces fee or even free; if you happen to be in California, it's free. I do know they vary in the condition they want the bird in, so it's good to check into it ahead of time. I'll give you a link to a document about various chicken diseases (see the chart at the bottom) and another that's supposed to help you find your state vet.

    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/40141/link-find-your-state-vet-for-a-necropsy/0_20
     
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  3. honnieb8

    honnieb8 New Egg

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    thank you I will check out the link
     

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