Trying to rescue these Stinky yeasty-smelling hens.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ARose4Heaven, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Flippin, AR
    A friend got evicted from his country home, and had to move to town. Town would not let him keep his flock of 17 Red-sex link layers. He gave them to me to add to my flock of mixed breeds. (130 free ranging layers)

    When we picked them up yesterday, they STINK...stank...STUNK!!! They have a lot of feathers missing, white stinky discharge, and bloody patches. They have been in a 18' x 18' opaque plastic-wrapped greenhouse all of their 10 months of life. They have never been given nesting boxes, or roosts; never seen direct sunlight; never felt the breeze. They lived on the straw-covered ground. Their water containers that came with them were a slimy black mess of 1/4 inch of algae growing both inside and out. I have suprisingly found no external parasites.

    I put them in a separate coop and run from my girls. Banded them for later identification, then I scrubbed and disinfected their waterer, gave them a couple pumpkins (to deworm) and fresh layer feed. When nightfall came, I had to manually set each up on the roost. The smell of them is nauseating!

    What more should I be doing for them? It appears that there are only two birds with the nasty discharge. Should it clear up on its own with fresh water and air? How long should I keep them quarantined before letting them out to range and get acquainted with my girls?
  2. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    I would do a bath, and mist with Oxine at the least.
  3. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2011
    Indiana, PA
    this was chickens from a friend ??? [​IMG] Poor chickies, sounds like they have gotten a chance to survive with you! Don't know any advice to offer but will be watching for updates... Best of luck!
  4. blkpoodles

    blkpoodles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2011
    Winsted, CT
    good for you for saving them, def do a bath, check for mites too, keep us updated
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I would cull them, not worth the risk integrating them later on with your flock.
  6. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Flippin, AR
    Quote:Oxine? I guess I will have to look for it at the Thiesens Farm Store. Any more ideas of what I can do to speed up their "recovery" will be helpful.

    I prefer not to cull them. They appear strong, and are good layers ( although I am not gonna be including their eggs in what I sell for a while).
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2011
  7. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Flippin, AR
    Maybe I am just overly careful, but it gives me a queasy feeling knowing that I had purchased a few of his eggs to supplement my supply for customers....before my youngsters started laying. If I had seen the condition of his birds, I never would have sold his eggs to people that trust me for a quality egg. [​IMG]
  8. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Stonington, illinois
  9. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Flippin, AR
    I hadn't had a sick hen in so long, I had forgotten about Yogurt. That is a good idea. Thanks Shiela...I will go pick up some. I used yogurt mixed with Grape Nuts the last time I got a bunch of "new" birds that were sickly. It worked like a charm then.
  10. chicken grandma

    chicken grandma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2008
    west michigan
    Quote:I would take one of the sick ones to a vet also. Then you can find out what you are facing and get the correct medicine to treat the whole flock. It sounds as if you have disease in the flock and I don't think fresh air and pumkins and yogurt is going to be enough. I think you might need medicine and a vet can tell you what kind of medicine you need. Maybe your friend will help you with the cost of treating them. God bless

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