To all with SLEEPY CHICKENS

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rir264, Aug 11, 2016.

  1. rir264

    rir264 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is to all of you who have or had SLEEPY chickens. I have had the same issue in the past and this is what I have found out. With the last one I had a necropsy done and it showed that it was Arsenic poisoning that killed her, shortly after I found this out a guy from the county came to test my water, I did not know that there was a problem, he said it was being tested because there was high arsenic content and that was the reason the state pays for my reverse osmosis system. I did not know that the state paid for the system I just assumed that the people who owned the property before me put it in, I have since been using the reverse osmosis water for my chickens and no sleepy chickens. The sad thing about is that I was poisoning my own birds and did not even know it, the moral of this story is that if you are having this issue with your chickens please have your water checked (if you are on a well system), Arsenic is naturally occurring in the earth and can contaminate a well at any time.
     
  2. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a shock ... thanks for the info.
     
  3. Stephine

    Stephine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's why out chickies get reverse osmosis filtered water from the house. The horses get plain well water and are fine (one is 37 years old) but the Arsenic content isn't very high in our well. Which state are you in?
     
  4. rir264

    rir264 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in Florida, I just wanted to warn people about it because it came as a shock to me, I am also having health issues, probably because I drank it and cooked with it, I should have been using the reverse osmosis, no body told us when we bought the house that the well was contaminated and I know that the previous owners knew cuz the last report came in their name. I felt like a failure at first because my chickens kept dying and everything I looked up wasn't jiving with their symptoms, I thought it was me but it wasn't it was the water!
     
  5. Stephine

    Stephine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it is always recommended to get a well report when you buy a place. All kinds of things could be polluting the well. If the previous owner had a report done they should have provided it with the other papers while in escrow.
    I am very sorry you had to learn the hard way!
    And thanks for warning people about the arsenic.
    I am in CA and have never heard of the state paying for an osmosis filter here. That would be fantastic! We have lots of manganese in the water which would destroy the arsenic filter, so we had to put in a giant filtering system to prefilter the well water before the reverse osmosis filter. Very expensive, argh....
    I hope you'll get better soon!
     
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2016

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