young Cochins dying

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rockyspringsfarm, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. rockyspringsfarm

    rockyspringsfarm Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 25, 2009
    Huntington, Texas
    I have a problem that I can't seem to find an answer for. It's occurring in about 4 months old Cochin bantams......One day they are fine, the next they are humped up, head down, feathers ruffled, crop empty. Usually the next day they are dead. No sign of respiratory, etc problems. No problems with dirty rears. There are no indications of sickness at all prior to finding them ruffled up with heads sunk down. They have high quality starter/grower crumbles and clean water 24/7. They are on wire, have not been on the ground at all. I wormed all with Wazine anyway. The strangest part is they feel like they are extremely poor.....keel is very pronounced.....very light weight. I am not new to livestock at all but this is a puzzle. My Wyandotte bantams are fine...the other young stuff is fine. This problem is happening with Cochins only. If someone has a suggestion or explanation I would dearly love to hear it. Thanks so much.
  2. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    You need to have a necropsy done on one of them. It could be a genetic problem.

    At four months it is not unusual to find them rather boney, just like puppies during the rapid growth they can appear very lean.

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