Sudden death [graphic pics]

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SteveH, May 18, 2011.

  1. SteveH

    SteveH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2009
    West/Central IL
    My flock was fine yesterday. Today, when I went out to feed and gather eggs, about 2/3 were dead. This was 4 pens, including one pen 100 yds from the others, and a growing cage, with some chicks hatched last Easter, that had never had contact with the others. I threw 3 in a bag and set off for a state lab about 30 miles from here; by the time I got back, some that were healthy when I left were dead upon my return. I opened a fresh bag of feed yesterday, straight from the store; it looked fine. The chicks were on a different feed, though might possibly have had a couple of crumbles from the can I scoop with. The only birds not affected are some chicks, still in a brooder, that are indoors. I'm guessing everything outside will be dead by the end of the day.

    Any ideas?

    The first bunch.
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  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    That really stinks! Please let us know the results of the lab testing. Im very curious to know what happened to them...
     
  3. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, so sorry!! Keep us posted on what happened
     
  4. JP101010

    JP101010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am very sorry that you have lost so many in your flock. i am also veryyy curious to find out what pathology can find.. please do get back to this thread when you get the results... just a thought- any applications of any chemicals to the fields recently? could it be a toxic plant or weed throughout your field?

    please keep us posted
     
  5. JoePa

    JoePa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure looks like it could be the new bag of feed or if they are free roaming maybe they got into some poison plants - anything around the yard that they could have gotten into that would poison them?
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    If you did not already, take the new feed bag and check it for any signs of mold. Even if you do not see any, take a sample to the same lab that is testing your birds and have them check it out. For that meany deaths without previous symptoms, I would definitely suspect some sort of poison.
     
  7. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

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    so sorry you had this happen [​IMG]
     
  8. Dowie

    Dowie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, that's terrible. I think poisoning of some kind too. So many of them. I hope you find out soon. [​IMG]
     
  9. kidd42

    kidd42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry about the deaths, please keep us posted on the results.
     
  10. BuffyGRL

    BuffyGRL Chillin' With My Peeps

    So Sorry for the loss of you flock. I am also curious to know what the cause is.

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