Sick flock... please help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Alas, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Alas

    Alas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    Covington, LA
    About a month ago, I had an adult goose die. She just got lethargic and one morning I found her dead. My pygmy goat had attacked her a couple of days before so I thought maybe it was because of that. Then some of my chickens started acting sick, then a turkey, then my other goose. They get pale and thin, quit trying to eat and die. I tried Wazine, thinking the thin and pale was from worms. No improvement. Read up a bit more and found the list of cocci symptoms, which matched perfectly. They've been on Corid for 2 days now. The sick ones that didnt die before the Corid have shown no improvement. There are some others that are showing the thinness, but not pale yet. I dont know how long it takes to be sure if the Corid is doing anything or how long it'd take for them to start gaining weight, if there is any improvement.

    *The chickens that have died are 2-3 months old.
    *The geese and turkey were/are over a year old.
    *Only my free range birds have gotten it. I have 1 month old chicks in a raised pen and 2 month old turkeys in a run on the ground (the other birds can come right up to the run), none of these have shown signs.
    *The only bird species that hasnt shown signs at all are my ducks.
    *Excrement is runny on sick birds. It is green, but they free range so I cant really diagnose based on color.
    *Some of the sick birds have some poultry lice. I dont know if this is cause or just the result of reduced grooming due to sickness. Want to dust, but not sure if I should when they are sick.
    *The sick birds look unkempt. Feathers are not smoothed out like they should be.
    *The sick birds stumble and have a hard time standing up. Not sure if a symptom or the result of them not eating due to sickness.
    *The birds have access to grit and oyster shell.
    *They free range and receive pellets/crumbles.
    *I always get my food from the same place and used the same brand for the last three years.
    *This is the first time in 3 years that I've had any sicknesses.

    Any thoughts or advice would be great please.
  2. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    Okay...first is there any respitory type symptoms?

    my first thoughts with the ones in raised pens not being sick = cocci

    the unkempt look and some of the other symptoms and the fact there is no improvement is = lice

    you need to treat them for the mites/lice = dust them well with sevin dust, clean your coop areas well, add some in there. (Or DE if you use DE)

    the fact the ducks aren't acting sick at all - I thought cocci would affect them, but I have no idea...

    I say continue the corid for 1 week, with most meds just like people it takes a few days for any improvement to start.

    I wish you luck with your flock.
  3. Alas

    Alas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    Covington, LA
    Thanks [​IMG] I will continue the Corid. I do have DE all over the chicken yard and the coop. I will pick up some Seven. I just didnt want to douse them with it while sick, but at this point I dont know if it'll matter.
  4. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

    Sep 16, 2008
    Levan, UT
    Quote:Douse away. Nothing to lose at this point. It doesn't affect them internally anyway, and if they have a huge lice load, that can definitely do them in, and they may have mites as well, which are hard to find on them sometimes even when there's a lot of them, and they will drain a bird dry.

    Good luck!! [​IMG]

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