What to do next?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Shoreline, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. Shoreline

    Shoreline New Egg

    Nov 4, 2015
    We are having a terrible first time experience with raising backyard chickens. Spent lots of time and effort setting up a coop and raising 3 chicks.

    First issue we encountered was that 1 of the 3 turns out to be a rooster. Found him a new home, but wanted a larger flock than just 2. So went back to the local chicken shop and picked up 2 hens that were about 3 months old to add to the flock.

    Then, one by one, we have had chickens get off-balance, lethargic and ultimately die. Almost like clock work each week, one more would get it after the prior one passed. We took the first one to the vet and it was determined she had an "infection" (not determined whether viral or bacterial), but the antibiotics did not save her. The second one died before we could even get her to a vet. The 3rd we immediately started on the remaining antibiotics left over from the 1st, but she died after appearing to make a rally.

    So now down to 1 hen who so far is not appearing to be sick (although it has only been a few days since the last death).

    My question - what to do if she lives? Is it cruel to keep her alone? Can we ever consider introducing more birds or is she carrying something that will infect future mates?

    Thanks for any advice.
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich True BYC Addict

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    Sorry to hear your rocky start. I would keep this hen alone for a while and if she still lives, get more chickens again. DON'T be worried that she will be lonely... Life is not fair. If this hen does die, then disinfect total coop and run and try again with a new batch.. Maybe get some birds from a different supplier .

  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] Sorry for the situation. I agree with the previous poster - do not add any birds at the present time. If you do add birds in the future, buy from a breeder not the 'local chicken shop' or auction. The number of birds from varying sources almost guarantees that many will be exposed, become ill, and die.
  4. tav1

    tav1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 4, 2014
    Maybe the supplier just awear of this.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Sounds like it could be Mareks...sending bird for necropsy(state labs can do this) is only way to know for sure.

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