Update post 18-further problems-Hens dying

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PaulaJoAnne, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    OK, I thought I had an isolated issue with two hens.
    Now it looks like I have two more with the same issue.
    The breed is Cochin. close to two years old. Issue is affecting my Buffs.
    Symptoms are slight lethargy for several weeks. Slowly progressing, but have not noticed all that much, as we have over 40 hens.
    We had had an issue with diarrhea with the first hen, but that was mostly under control after natural treament.

    Last week, I found the first hen not moving with a purple comb. We culled her, and I suspected that this might happen to one moore hen I was keeping an eye on.
    The second one died today, and as I was taking her out, I noticed that the other two Buffs combs are purple tipped now.

    What gives?
    The flock in general is healthy.
    I do plan on picking up some extra vitamin supps for them this afternoon.
     
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2010
  2. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    It sounds like something is robbing them of oxygen. Hard to believe 4 birds would have heart issues all about the same time. Hope you figure it out!
     
  3. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Are waterers good and clean...no algae?
     
  4. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Quote:Weird is right.
    I do know I need to treat all of them for ear mites, but I would doubt that is causing an issue.
     
  5. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    now I am wondering......parasitic infections?
     
  6. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    mites, lice, or worms? All of these can kill. [​IMG]
     
  7. HaikuHeritageFarm

    HaikuHeritageFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they allowed access outside right now or are they cooped?
     
  8. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    I'll check the poos better, but I have not noticed anything unusuall.
    I hate using commercial meds.
    Any suggestions?
    Anything natural I could use?
     
  9. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Quote:I do not coop them up per say. THe door is always open.
     
  10. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Quote:Weird is right.
    I do know I need to treat all of them for ear mites, but I would doubt that is causing an issue.

    I'd check those waterers. I'd also check for a musty smell in the feed just in case...I dunno...I'm assuming here, but I know you take good care of the birds...but it just doesn't make sense. Bedding is not heavily ammonia-fied I assume...sheesh sister, I don't very well know!! Maybe something tiny is being overlooked. We get comfortable in daily routine when flocks are going strong and I have overlooked a couple serious no-no's before like not changing bedding on time and a bit of algae in waterers and such. MUST be a slight oversight somewhere. I wouldn't think it could possibly be anything else. I really really really hope you don't lose anymore!! Just a thought...any exposure to wild birds? [​IMG] What the hay?!!??!
     

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