Something is killing my chickens - but what

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Salt and Light, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Songster

    May 20, 2008
    Osteen, FL
    Over the last month, I've lost almost all my chickens. This started when I brought in some baby chicks from an order I split with someone else.

    I've lost 12 out of 13 baby chicks and I lost 8 out of 10 laying hens that I've had for almost a year.

    Is there a disease that could cause this?
  2. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

    Apr 11, 2009
    you will have to fill us in on the order of feeding , watering, and how they were cared for
    what provisions for the heat of the chicks

    did they have any signs of sneezing, snoting, coughing,

    when did you worm them?
    did they have any bloody manure ever?

    basically chickens live, eat, drink and grow

    if they have any other signs of sickness you have to deal with it

    there is some reason for them dieing

    what did they look like when dieing?

    were they malnurished, did they not have adequet feed and water

    are they free ranging?

    did they get into some poisons

    what do you feed them?

    give us some help
    how long before chicks started dieing?
    did they live with the hens?

    it must be a respiratory disease if it killed that many
    the chicks were infected when they hatched
    where did the chicks come from?

    email me any questions
  3. Cheep a'lil Talk a'lil

    Cheep a'lil Talk a'lil Songster

    Mar 20, 2009
    Sequim, WA
    You said that is started when you split an order of baby chicks. It sounds like your new chicks brought something in. The person that you split the order with, how are their chicks doing? You might want to check out Purplechickens' post
    is a LONG time chicken person and made the mistake of not quarantining a new bird. His whole flock got infected with MG and he had to cull them all. Very sad.
    Check out his video, it might give you some answers.
    Sorry about your loss.[​IMG]
  4. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Songster

    May 20, 2008
    Osteen, FL
    I chicks were from McMurray. They were kept inside for ac couple days and then moved to the coop with the rest of the hens. They were moved too soon and I lost two the 1st night. But after that, everything was fine. And then one day about a week later, a bunch of dead chicks were in the coop. No signs of injury. A couple more chicks died a few days later.

    Then the hens began dieing. Again, no sign of injury. Just dead. My dog chased two and they never recovered. I watched one die and the other one was alive when I put her in the coop but dead the next morning.

    The chicks/chickens are cared for exactly like they have been for the past year. A hanging feeder of food and fresh water. They have a coop with a dog run attached and they free range in the evening.

    At first, I thought our new dog was killing the chickens but she was inside all night and there was a dead chicken this morning in the coop. I've seen the dog chase the chickens but never seen her actually hurt one.

    So, I don't know.....

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