Why do my young roosters keep dying?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Wfpendragon, Oct 31, 2016.

  1. Wfpendragon

    Wfpendragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So over the past few months I've lost 3 young cockerels to what I think might be Marek's. All our older hens seem to be fine though. It's only the young roos between 10 and 18 weeks old who die. The first one had extreme balance problems and weakness, the second one had a severe respiratory problem and was wheezing, and also had a huge growth near his ear. The most recent one had a big, crusty cyst on his wing. No other symptoms, just died. :( I have one other young cockerel still out with the hens, he's 12 weeks and showing no signs of illness but I'm starting to expect that he will eventually die as well. Does anyone know what this could be? I'm going to have my husband do a necropsy on the recent rooster and see if he has tumors on the inside.
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    What are you feeding?
     
  3. Wfpendragon

    Wfpendragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All flock pellets. I did have an issue with them eating the layer feed before so I switched.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    What is the calcium level in the all flock?
     
  5. Wfpendragon

    Wfpendragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think between 1 and 2 percent. I've also been giving gamebirds crumbles as a supplement.
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Sorry for your losses.

    Might be a good idea to contact your state vet:
    http://www.usaha.org/Portals/6/StateAnimalHealthOfficials.pdf

    -Kathy
     
  7. Wfpendragon

    Wfpendragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So hubby did a necropsy, we saw nothing of note :/.
     

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