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#10052 - 07/25/08 03:04 PM Re: 20 birds dead in 3 months!
Jrsygntbrdr1 Offline
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Registered: 06/12/05
Posts: 2601
Loc: Arkansas
We've hit the 100s and no deaths this week. I'm attempting another hatch to see if it WAS the drastic change in feed for the Leghorns.

I just wish I could see symptoms before the birds die. It makes no sense for them to just drop. The Minorcas (except for the egg in the repro tract) all randomly dropped either in the coop or out in the pen. The Leghorn chicks always seemed to die during/after a rainstorm, and the other birds just randomly dropped like flies as well.

We're down to 2 Minorca hens and a rooster. (If the rooster dies, that's it. I'm done with Minorcas; I'll move on. For a hardy breed it just isn't standing up to the elements like the Brahmas and Cochin.)

Bushman, I'm wondering with the TB wouldn't there be respiratory symptoms? or at least hemorrhaging in the trachea?

The heat index is 110, and at night it gets into the 80s. (Makes me happy!)

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#10053 - 08/23/08 08:07 AM Re: 20 birds dead in 3 months!
Jrsygntbrdr1 Offline
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Registered: 06/12/05
Posts: 2601
Loc: Arkansas
No more dead birds since Fancy died.

Have a Langshan cock that's gonna get taught a lesson if he doesn't back off though...

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#10054 - 08/23/08 01:56 PM Re: 20 birds dead in 3 months!
Kbaiko Offline
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Registered: 05/24/08
Posts: 98
Loc: Arizona
Glad to hear your good news. It's so hard when you loose a chicken. When you don't know the reason, it's even worse.

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#10055 - 09/02/08 11:08 AM Re: 20 birds dead in 3 months!
Jrsygntbrdr1 Offline
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Registered: 06/12/05
Posts: 2601
Loc: Arkansas
Well, we've had one more death. The Langshan cockerel. No symptoms, no panting. Just death?

I'm noticing, and this could be coincidence...the deaths always seem to happen following a rain. When I say rain, I mean, even a light shower. The bird died the day after we had rain. Coincidence?

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#10056 - 09/03/08 04:46 AM Re: 20 birds dead in 3 months!
Shoofly Offline
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Registered: 05/05/05
Posts: 252
Loc: Florida
I had a similar situation about a year ago. Are the birds very thin when they die, or do they have a lot of "meat" on them?


I lost several in a row and it was just like doomsday, only every day. frown

Have you taken a float in for your vet? I do a "group poop" where I collect little bits of morning poo of as many birds as possible and then my vet takes a look under a microscope. For about 20 bucks, its worth it.

I don't know if you want to do that though, some folks don't do the vet thing with their chickens! M

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#10057 - 09/03/08 04:14 PM Re: 20 birds dead in 3 months!
Jrsygntbrdr1 Offline
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Registered: 06/12/05
Posts: 2601
Loc: Arkansas
It's not that I wouldn't mind doing it...but I don't think the vet will know what he's looking at?! lol! He's not big into birds...so chickens would be a little out of his league.

Birds aren't thin. Have a nice body set. It's literally as though they are walking, then drop dead??? Makes absolutely no sense to me?

They're definitely not overweight, but NOT underweight in the least. The odd thing is...the hens are still producing eggs, have a nice red comb when they die?

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#10058 - 09/04/08 10:15 AM Re: 20 birds dead in 3 months!
Bushman Offline
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Registered: 07/25/07
Posts: 1046
Loc: Wisconsin
So the next time one dies, freeze it immediately, and send/take it to a state laboratory for a necropsy. Check with your state dept. of Agriculture. Why continue to live with a problem like that?
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#10059 - 09/05/08 03:33 PM Re: 20 birds dead in 3 months!
Jrsygntbrdr1 Offline
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Registered: 06/12/05
Posts: 2601
Loc: Arkansas
I did! I sent Fancy off after deciding not to deal with it any more. Everything came back negative! Absolutely nothing wrong with them? It makes no sense!

It can't be poisoning, otherwise ALL of the birds would have it right? Why just one or two out of a pen? It just makes no sense to me whatsoever!

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#10060 - 09/12/08 04:31 PM Re: 20 birds dead in 3 months!
Jrsygntbrdr1 Offline
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Registered: 06/12/05
Posts: 2601
Loc: Arkansas
1 more... Raptor. Our only son from Mr. Mom. We were saving him for the "just in case" factor as a back up breeder.

We also lost an AWESOME Brahma pullet that I intended on showing at the fair...stupid thing put her neck through the fence and broke it in an attempt to get free. I mean HONESTLY!

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#10061 - 09/12/08 09:29 PM Re: 20 birds dead in 3 months!
Jrsygntbrdr1 Offline
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Registered: 06/12/05
Posts: 2601
Loc: Arkansas
2 more. However these were KILLED by something.

I will post in a new topic as I'm afraid these others were either disease or nutritionally related.

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