- May 21, 2015
I recently bought 4 new hens luckily they are my only chickens. once I got home I noticed 3 of them were sneezing and had a rattle in there breath they also smelled like rotten flesh and were infested with lice. immediately I wanted to ship them back were they came from but I found out that farm had a history of abuse so I decided to keep them. Being a new chicken owner I found out the hard way and now I feel compelled to try to help them. This is the first time i've had sick chickens so i'm pretty clueless on what it is and what to do. I did call the only vet in town that deals with chickens and he wanted $150 just to step on the property so that's not an option. I had the state check them for Avian flu and thank goodness its not that! I've had them on Duramycin-10 for 7 days they seem a little bit better. They seem alert and are drinking and eating. After doing a little research(7 days too late!) I'm finding out that the antibiotic will always remain in their eggs. IS THIS TRUE??? also because they have some kind of respiratory illness does this mean they will always be carriers??? Thanks for all and any suggestion!