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Sick Chickens
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Vince    Posted 09-13-2002 at 06:10:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi ,
I have a flock of RIR's and white rock cross We have had them for about 5 years and they have not stoped laying eggs .So last year We had to put our guinea fowl in with them becouse they to close tot the house So they stayed in there for about a year well .they started to get on the chickens nerves and Acting up so I free ranged them and the chicken. well pritty soon the chicken stated to stop laying so I put them back in there house and Run .Well not there getting sick .There just laying around they have Poop stuck to there buts ,there crowns are kind of loping over and the tips are kind of black I keep on lossing them .What can i do to get rid of this Sickness in them and can I do it with out Killing them and starting all over again
Oh and what do yall think it might be
Thanks vince

Ron/PA    Posted 09-13-2002 at 11:19:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Vince, 5 years is a ripe old age for Any strain of birds, especially your large Reds, as a last ditch effort I would try a little aureomycin, in their water, it is a general antibiotic, and will help with any intestinal tract problem, the pasted vents are a sign of bacterial infection.
Quite often darkend combs are a sign of stress or freezing. Believe me old age is one heck of a stress.
Good luck, let us know how it's going.
PS. It may take as long as 7 to 10 days to see results.

Craig H    Posted 09-13-2002 at 07:23:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yo Vince,
If their combs/wattles start to go deep purple it could be chicken influenza which I'm sorry to say, there's no good news here. Checkout either Mississipi Stae Extension site or chook shed in your search engine. If they got the influneza, theyre soon goin to heaven to meet the Colonel.
As tom says about old age, maybe your's are getting a bit long in the tooth.
Best wishes
Craig H.....

Tom A    Posted 09-13-2002 at 06:50:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I'm not sure, but you are describing what our old hens look like when they die of 'natural causes'--old age. We had the first several autopsied by our extension service vet (here it is free) and that's what they came up with, basically old age.

Not to say it can't be something else, but it sure sounds to me exactly what our oldsters do before they kick off. You might see if your extension service has the same deal, and get one autopsied to make sure.


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