Very tough decision.

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Jferlisi, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. Jferlisi

    Jferlisi i dont eat chicken!!!!

    Nov 2, 2010
    Menifee CA
    Ok so i have 3 sick hens, they all seem to have upper respiratory infections. They are all three just over a year old- ones a Speckled Sussex, ones a light brahma, ones a silver lakenvelder. I have raised all three since babies and about 2 weeks ago i lost my bantam SS to a coyote. I have been told i should cull since im starting a silkie breeding pen. I really dont want to cull and feel horrible just thinking about it. [​IMG]. Do i cull them for the sake of my breeding pen which the layers were here first or risk the silkies health too. [​IMG]. I just dont know what i can do.
     
  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    I'm sorry...if they are all together in the same coop area..then yes, you are risking the silkies health too...are the ill chickens on any antibiotics or meds to help? Do you have oxide or heard of it?
     
  3. hlf1996

    hlf1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you separate the sick hens from the silkies until the hens start feeling better?
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If you are going to sell your eggs for hatching or chicks (or chickens) from your silkie pen, you should present a healthy silkie.

    But since you seem very upset by all this, maybe you would want to take one to the vet for verification. I have read one person's story on here where she did that and the answer was internal parasites, not respiratory infection. I believe this was done by necropsy, and that would involve sacrificing one of the chickens' lives for autopsy.

    Still, the vet might be able to do a throat swab or something to determine what it is? I don't know.
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Have you treated with Tylan 50 or anything else?? Are you assuming this is something they'll always have (or be carriers of)? Because unless you know exactly what it is, that may not be the case.
     
  6. Jferlisi

    Jferlisi i dont eat chicken!!!!

    Nov 2, 2010
    Menifee CA
    I dont have them on anything atm since two just started showing it today. The layers free range all day so they will have somewhat close contact to them. I dont think its a parasite since they are all showing some of the same but each has a dif one also. Also the only bird vet around us wants 655 for a visit.
     
  7. Jferlisi

    Jferlisi i dont eat chicken!!!!

    Nov 2, 2010
    Menifee CA
    Everyone i have talked to or shown pics to has said its a URI and a few of them are breeders.
     
  8. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    There are lots of different kinds of URIs, some kind of perm. (because even after treatment they can remain carriers), while others aren't too serious. You can treat any URI, but unless you have a bird tested, you don't know which one you're dealing with. If you have a closed flock, then it's not a big deal. But since you're wanting to bring in new (breeder) birds, then it could be a big deal. You could cull just one of them (rather than all three) and have it tested for a lot less money (or possibly free if you go through your state vet)...
     
  9. Jferlisi

    Jferlisi i dont eat chicken!!!!

    Nov 2, 2010
    Menifee CA
    Quote:Ok thanks. My sister and i have been talking and would only some birds be showing symptoms of it even tho they are all kept in the same coop?
     
  10. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
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    I'd try to give them some meds before you cull. Separate and give them a few days.

    Also $655... do they want that all at once!? Are they going to make your hens lay golden eggs after that visit! GEEZ!!!
     

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