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SLW chicken just died! What do I do about the rest of the flock???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by johnmayersquare, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. johnmayersquare

    johnmayersquare Let's Talk About Chicks, Man!

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    Hey there......I had a sick chicken(19 weeks) that I brought inside because it wasn't acting right this afternoon. It was very lethargic.......breathing/panting from it's mouth, and just very gaunt looking. I ran to the feed store to get some terramyacin and before I got back home, she had died ;( What could this be and are the rest of my chickens at risk do you think?? Thanks for all the help in advance.

    PS....We haven't noticed any bloody poop, but my son said he had noticed that she was acting like this a little bit yesterday too.......but not to this extent......just kind of off by herself in the corner type thing.......Not hanging out with the rest of the girls.

    Lisa
     
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If you still have the carcass of the bird that died..check her vent. See if an egg was stuck in her. They are coming into lay and sometimes hemorrage (sp?) if they have a reproductive issue. I am sorry for your loss.

    Jody
     
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Sorry for your loss......[​IMG]
     
  4. johnmayersquare

    johnmayersquare Let's Talk About Chicks, Man!

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    Ok....we checked her vent and didn't feel/see anything weird. How do I know if it was something contagious that the rest of them will get???? Do I just wait and see or any other suggestions would be great!

    Thanks!
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The only way to know if it is contagious is to have a necropsy done. You would have to contact your local state vet or ag dept to find out how to have one done.

    Jody
     

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