young pullets dieing.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dmetts, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. dmetts

    dmetts New Egg

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    I have young pullets that are 7 months old. They are auracanas, barred rocks, buff orphingtons and rhode island reds. They are just starting to lay. In the last couple of weeks I have had some die. I have approximately 75 total. A couple of weeks ago I lost a couple of the Buff Orphingtons. Yesterday I lost 2 Rhode Island Reds, 1 Barred Rock and 1 Auracana. They are all in very good shape. I'm feeding them a 16% protein laying crumble along with hen scratch. They get 25 lbs of crumbles and about 3 to 5 lbs of scratch per day. They all appear very healthy. Their chicken house is 12' X 12'. Their chicken yard is 12' X 48'. They don't go outside of this chicken house and yard. They're given plenty of fresh oyster shell. It appears they are dieing right after they lay an egg because their vent is open widely when I find them. A couple were found in the yard and some have been found just outside the nesting area. I found an auracana flopping around yesterday just before she died. She had been fine earlier. I had seen her in the nesting area and later I saw her in the chicken yard flopping around. When I picked her up she died. I then looked at the vent area and it was very stretched out just like the others. There were no large eggs found. All the eggs look normal ( meaning I haven't picked up any double yoaks ). Most of the eggs are of pullet size. I have raised chickens for several years and have never run into this problem. The first couple I thought maybe they were egg bound but now that it has happened several times I'm now at a loss for ideas.
     
  2. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

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    Well, your coop and run is not large enough to handle that many birds. Disease can run rampant with over crowding. Over crowding also causes stress in hens.
     
  3. dmetts

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    I don't think overcrowding is an issue here. I have about 10 square feet per bird. The chicken house and yard is cleaned daily. I have shavings in the chicken house that are changed out weekly. The water is fresh, daily. The feed is fresh, daily. The chickens are full feathered. They're not tattered like when you have too many chickens in an area. The chickens are fat and their feathers are shiny. The chickens look good and are active and the next thing I know is they're dead and have stretched out vents. It appears that they have a heart attack or something while laying. Like I said I have never seen anything like it before and I have had chickens for about 45 years. Raising chickens is not new for me. This particular problem is. I just thought maybe someone might have had the same type of problem. All of my chickens were bought as chicks from the same hatchery.
     
  4. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

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    The thing is for each bird, you are suppose to have 4 square feet in the coop and 10 square feet in the run. Just in the coop alone you have less then 2 square feet per bird. In the run you barely have 8 square feet per bird. Over crowding leads to stress. Being most are new layers, that can be a bit stressful too. Stress will lead to other health issues.
     

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