Sickness in my flock?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dcba flock, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. dcba flock

    dcba flock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2013
    About 3 weeks ago I purchased 6 black sex link hens (all healthy) that are about 14-16 weeks old. Since their introduction to my flock of 12 (mix of black, reds and Americana) strange things have been happening! First, all but 2 of my original hens stopped laying. Now some have been acting odd! Kind of lethargic for a day or two then they seem to be back to normal. Now today when I went out one of my original hens is acting kind of tired/lethargic and her eyes are watery. I thought it was cocci so they are on antibiotics for that? But now I'm thinking it might be something else? Just stressing as I have 6 chicks inside and another 25 chicks scheduled to be delivered in April. I keep reading about disinfecting the coop well mine are free range in a very large horse barn and on multiple acres surrounding our farm. I would never be able to fully clean everything with a disinfectant. I just find it odd that they are sick a couple days then back to normal? Anyone have this occur or advice?
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sorry I don't know what to suggest. Hopefully someone with more knowledge will come along soon.

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
  4. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Well it certainly is possible that the new hens brought along a strain of cocci that your other birds have not previously come in contact with and therefore have no immunity too. So it's fine to treat for that, just to be on the safe side if nothing else. By antibiotic's I am assuming you mean a coccidiostat such as Corid? Antibiotic's will do nothing for coccidiosis.

    Were the new hens kept quarantined for 4 to 6 weeks before joining the others? Are there any other symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, foamy eyes or rattling breathing sounds? You are right to be concerned because if the new birds have brought home a respiratory disease it's going to spread to all of them and they will also spread it to the new youngsters you have coming.

    But at this point there's not much you can do other then watch and listen for symptoms, see if this progresses. The older birds having stopped laying may likely just be due to things being shaken up by the new arrivals. Once everybody settles in laying should return to normal.
  5. dcba flock

    dcba flock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2013
    Yes I'm treating them for the possible cocci with what the vet gave me. I did keep the new youngsters separated for a period of time but I don't have a fully enclosed area so once they are able to hop out over the stall walls they are then with the others! I will not ever bring in older birds this is so stressful! Haha
  6. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. Good advice by cafarmgirl. Good luck. :thumbsup
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, dcba flock, and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us! Hope your chickens get to feeling better soon!

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