Sick dying chicks. **UPDATE 8-7 PICS pg. 19**

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gumpsgirl, Jul 5, 2008.

  1. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I went to a swap last Sat. and ended up with two chicks that were sick and did not realize it until they had already been introduced to my flock. I didn't think about chicks having illnesses before all this mess has happened. When I got home from the swap I noticed that the little bantam I got was acting strange, but I had never had a bantam before and just didn't know if it was normal bantam behavior or not. It kept peeping frantically, scratching its head, and would occasionally sneeze. I put the little bantam chick by itself for a day for precautions and then my sweet little 3 year-old felt sorry for it and put it in with my babies that had hatched that same weekend. I didn't pay any attention to the other chick we got because it was one that my 12 year-old had picked out and he never said he had noticed any behavior that was strange or different. When we got home he just put it in the the 4 wk. olds in the brooder out in the coop and I never thought anything of it. Well starting Tuesday, I noticed that my brand new chicks were scratching their heads off and sneezing just like the bantam was. When I went out to the coop that morning Rhodey, my cockerel, was sneezing his head off and sounded terrible. By Wed., most of my flock in the coop were sneezing, sounded hoarse, and were scratching. The little bantam died on Wed. and then I realized that the other chick that brought in sickness to the coop needed to be culled immediately. Since then I have had two of my new babies die and I believe that I have another that is getting ready to die. I have started them all on terramycin, treated them for mites and am having to sit back and hope for the best. The 14 wk., 10 wk., and 4 wk. old chicks out in the coop seem to be pulling through this so far and not sneezing as bad anymore. Fingers crossed, they will pull through this. This has been the biggest, single most stupid thing I have ever done and I am ready for the nightmare to be over! I have been trying to gather my thoughts so my post can benefit others and hopefully prevent them from making the same stupid mistake that I made. I can not stress enough to everyone to remember to quarantine your chicks no matter how old they are unless they come from a hatchery. I stand the chance of loosing my whole flock of over 50 chicks and chickens, due to my stupidity. This has been a hard lesson but one that has been learned. I hope and pray that my mistake will save someone else the heartache that I have had to go through. Please, please, please make sure you quarantine your new birds. Don't let my mistake happen to you.
     
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  2. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so sorry. Thanks for posting, I know it was tough. It does help. [​IMG]
     
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Excellent post and great message to remind others. I know the heartache you are feeling will benefit others when they consider purchasing new birds. I hope the rest of yours recover quickly from whatever is going on. [​IMG]

    Jody
     
  4. dixygirl

    dixygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so sorry. It is always a good idea to quarantine any new animals coming in your household for at least a couple weeks. Some quarantine for a month or longer.

    Thanks so much for reminding us of this and to always be careful of who we buy animals from. Also though since it seems like a respiratory infection, it could be that the tender babies caught a chill during the multiple transports.

    I will only buy from a know hatchery from now on unless it is something really special. My prayers are with you that they all pull through.
    dixy
     
  5. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:This could very well be, but the lesson here is to make sure that we all quarantine our new birds no matter what age they are. [​IMG]
     
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  6. countryboy

    countryboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2007
    Sorry you had that experience, we all learned from it.
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Stacey, we've talked alot through PMs, so I'll just do this... [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  8. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:Thanks Cyn. I thought the coop chicks and chickens were doing better, but I guess I'm wrong. I was just out there for a little while and they sound awful. [​IMG] Even my 4 wk. olds. Can a chicken ever recover from a cold if this is what it is? Do they even catch colds? [​IMG]
     
  9. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:I sure do hope so. I would never want anyone to go through this. It's truly been terrible. [​IMG] I really want to spread the word to everyone so this doesn't happen to them.
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    No, they dont actually catch colds like we think of them. They get Infectious Bronchitis, Coryza, Chronic Respiratory Disease, Mycoplasma, etc. I dont know what yours have. Here is a chart that is helpful: http://www.welphatchery.com/poultry_health.asp
     

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