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#15328 - 12/03/08 03:01 PM Chickens dieing one at a time
Oakie Offline
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I have some chickens that I raised from chicks they are about 4 months old, and they seem to be dieing about one every three to four days. They are eating chick starter still and they also have access to layer pellets and I give them scratch once a day. I looked for blood in the stool for Coccidia and haven't seen any. They seem to get all scrunched up and after a few days of that I find them dead. I checked for mites and have not seen any. I have about twenty five chickens and they live in a 8X10 coop with an extremely large run. Probably 40X80. The only time I lock them in is at night and I open the door very early in the morning. I failed to mention I also have one male Guinea and 5 Muscovy ducks that run inthe same run as the chickens? They have food and water available all day and some are still skinny and hunched over with their wings drooping a bit. Please help.

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#15329 - 12/03/08 05:14 PM Re: Chickens dieing one at a time
Eric19 Offline
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I would try dusting them. Even though you can't see the ticks, mites, etc., it doen't mean they're not there. Also check for wet spots in the coop. If any, clean them.

Good Luck!

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#15330 - 12/03/08 05:55 PM Re: Chickens dieing one at a time
Oakie Offline
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Ok, What should I dust them with? Can I use Sulmet for the Coccidia.

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#15331 - 12/03/08 08:10 PM Re: Chickens dieing one at a time
Jrsygntbrdr1 Offline
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Oakie...I had a similar problem...and honestly? Once I wormed them...it was like magic.

Are they losing weight?

Which feed are you feeding? I wonder if there wasn't worm eggs inside of certain feeds.

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#15332 - 12/04/08 06:07 AM Re: Chickens dieing one at a time
Oakie Offline
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It's feed from the Sapulpa feed store. I believe it is Purina. What do I use to worm them?

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#15333 - 12/04/08 06:09 AM Re: Chickens dieing one at a time
Oakie Offline
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Yes, they are losing weight.

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#15334 - 12/04/08 07:14 AM Re: Chickens dieing one at a time
Sonoran Silkies Offline
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If you do all this at once you risk poisoning them. Gather as much poop samples as you can and take to any vet for a fecal float test; also ask that they look for coccidia.

Ivermectin will treat both worms & mites/lice. Sulmet is good for coccidiosis.

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#15335 - 12/04/08 12:53 PM Re: Chickens dieing one at a time
Eric19 Offline
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Loc: Michigan
I agree, I wouldn't worm them while their sick, because it can make matters worse.

I use Poultry and Gardening Dust for my chickens. I'm pretty sure you can buy it at any farm supply store.

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#15336 - 12/04/08 02:24 PM Re: Chickens dieing one at a time
Jrsygntbrdr1 Offline
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I would get a fecal done if you're nervous about poisoning them.

I've just had the worst luck with worms this past year that if they are losing weight, and it's not coccidia...then the next thing for me would be worms.

You can use Wazine from Tractor Supply. It's used for pigs, turkeys and chickens. 1 oz. per 1 gallon of water. (2 tablespoons per 1 gallon of water) for approximately 3 days worked great on mine.

Lost 30 birds this year to worms...would hate for it to happen to you too Oakie.

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#15337 - 12/04/08 03:39 PM Re: Chickens dieing one at a time
Oakie Offline
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I wormed them this afternoon with Wazine 17. I'm pretty sure it's not Coccidia because my coop is not wet ever and I have never seen any bloody stool. I will wait a few days and dust down the coop. I went in at night and picked one up and then turned a flash light on near it's vent and I din't see any mites, so I don't think that is it either.

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