There has been a disease outbreak in my flock. HELP PLEASE

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chickooster, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. Chickooster

    Chickooster Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello im new to BYC and i have had one of my silkie's die of a mysterious disease. She wasnt really active when she got the disease, then it got worse. One day I found her not moving in the corner of the coop. We quarantined her and the next day she died : ( . I have a theory that a rat got her sick. Recently I have killed a rat that came to the coop at night. A few days later, One of my other silkies got the same symptoms my dead silkie had. I am scared for the health of my flock and i thank everyone who helps. thank you.
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Have you tried antibiotics?
     
  3. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry about your hens. Rats are vectors for many diseases, so - I suggest cleaning out the coop thoroughly (they pee everywhere), check the food supply - was it contaminated? If any doubt, toss and buy new. Scrub drinkers and feeders - and now the bad news...where there is one rat there are many more. 'Tom cat' puts out a covered bait station that only vermin can access. You have to be patient tho' - once you place it leave it be. Rats are neophobes and won't touch anything 'new'....patience. You really need to rat proof your coop, where a rat can get in a weasel can too and you really don't want that to happen. [​IMG]
    As for the remaining hens - supportive therapy with vitamin/electrolyte powder to the water for a few days. They would also benefit from a little extra protein - like a teaspoon of cat food each for a couple of days. Unless you can see a rat bite, in which case antibiotics may be needed..
    Keep us posted,
     
  4. Chickooster

    Chickooster Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you very much [​IMG] . I will keep you updated.
     
  5. Chickooster

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    Update: The sick chicken has sadly passed away[​IMG]. On the brighter news, one of my silkies have become broody!
     
  6. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry to hear about your hen, but good news with your broody! Did you catch any rats? If you are going to have chicks, be very cautious - rats will eat them.. [​IMG]
     
  7. Chickooster

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    Thank you. I havent seen any rats recently, but i will still remain cautious. I forgot to add that there are two chickens broody, but they live in separate coops. The other broody is a barred rock and she has three eggs. Just for an experiment, I put a fairy egg under her even though I know its probably not going to hatch. The silkie has 7 eggs. The thing im irritated about is that the other chickens in the silkie coop lay in the same box despite me putting a new one with a fake egg. I cant separate the chicken either because we have no place to put her.
     
  8. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    They'll figure it out, they usually do [​IMG]
     
  9. Chickooster

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    Ok [​IMG]
     

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