Why are my chickens dying?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Ghenri, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. Ghenri

    Ghenri Out Of The Brooder

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    As of now I have lost 5 chickens all in the same way and I can't figure out why! The night before they seem sleepy and slow and they find it hard to jump up the step into the coop, I end up having to pick then up and put them in. Today 2 of them where all huddled up with they're eyes closed and didn't move too often. Their wings are shrugged down to their side and they can't pick they back up. They also seem really off balance and find it hard to stay up if they get pushed around. And then they just die. I don't know if this is a disease or they can't handle to cold weather like they could before or what. Please help!
     
  2. jgoldy2

    jgoldy2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maraks is in the flock!!!

    That means that all of your chickens may pass, we have another tread in Emergencies/Disease/Injuries and Cures about Maraks
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    How old are your chickens? How long of a time has this been going on? It could be a number of things such as coccidiosis, dehydration, poisoning from mold in the feed, botulism, or yes, Mareks, but their age and more details about symptoms would help. The symptoms of coccidiosis are lethargy, standing puffed up or too weak to even get up, not eating, diarrhea with or without blood, ruffled feathers. The treatment for that is Corid (amprollium) or if you cannot find that, Sulmet or Sulfadimethoxine. Coccidiosis should be suspected if your chickens are under 20 weeks with those symptoms, and it can affect older birds as well. Even birds with cocci can display drooped wings and become unbalanced just from extreme weakness or dehydration.
     
  4. Ghenri

    Ghenri Out Of The Brooder

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    I got half of my chickens a year from last spring an the other half in last spring. They have no trouble eating and symptoms appear very quickly. Haven't noticed any diarrhea but they are huddled with puffed feathers. They have access to water. Does this help pin point what it may be?
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I would worm them now with Valbazen or SafeGuard Liquid Goat wormer--dosage would be 1/2 ml given orally, then repeated in 10 days. Then I woulds also start them on Corid for 5 days in their water. It is in the cattle medicines. Dosage is 2 tsp of the liquid Corid, or 1.5 tsp of the powder, per gallon of water. Upon completion of Corid, give them several days of vitamins and probiotics. Here is a link for the Valbazen: http://www.kvsupply.com/valbazen-su...6&cadevice=c&gclid=CLzbm9f_h8ICFUQF7Aod9wQAGg
     
  6. Ghenri

    Ghenri Out Of The Brooder

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    Where would you find all this medication? And is it very expensive?
     
  7. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    Most of those products can be found at feed stores. Corid 9.6% is around $15-$18 and Valbazen suspension is around $43.
     

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